To give courage to; to inspire with courage, spirit, or hope; to raise, or to increase, the confidence of; to animate; enhearten; to incite; to help forward; the opposite of discourage. "David encouraged himself in the Lord." (1 Sam. Xxx. 6)

Synonyms: To embolden, inspirit, animate, enhearten, hearten, incite, cheer, urge, impel, stimulate, instigate, countenance, comfort, promote, advance, forward, strengthen.

Origin: F. Encourager; pref. En- (L. In) + courage courage. See Courage.

(01 Mar 1998)

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