Synonyms of encourage in English:

encourage

verb

  • 1 the players were encouraged by the crowd's response
    hearten, cheer, buoy up, uplift, inspire, motivate, spur on, stir, stir up, fire up, stimulate, invigorate, vitalize, revitalize, embolden, fortify, rally
    informal buck up, pep up, give a shot in the arm to
    [Antonyms] discourage
  • 2 she had encouraged him to go
    persuade, coax, urge, press, push, pressure, pressurize, prod, goad, egg on, prompt, influence, sway
    informal put ideas into one's head
    [Antonyms] dissuade
  • 3 the municipal government must encourage local businesses
    support, back, champion, promote, further, foster, nurture, cultivate, strengthen, stimulate;
    help, assist, aid, boost, fuel
    [Antonyms] hinder
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