Definition of encouraging in English:

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Pronunciation: /enˈkərijiNG/


1Giving someone support or confidence; supportive: she gave me an encouraging smile
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  • Georgiana gave him what she desperately hoped was an encouraging smile.
  • Visit our new email form to send me an encouraging epistle.
  • Well, Happy Veteran's Day to all of your readers and thanks to them for all of the encouraging e-mails!
1.1Positive and giving hope for future success; promising: the results are very encouraging
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  • An extension to three diverse small biomolecules also gave encouraging results.
  • However, for a mere six-week exposure, even modest success is encouraging.
  • Still, he says, "seeing the effects in patients with depression was encouraging."



Pronunciation: /inˈkərijiNGlē/
[sentence adverb]: encouragingly, there is more research being done today [as submodifier]: the level of activity continues to be encouragingly high
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  • The entire room continued to stare stonily at me while Wanda nodded encouragingly.
  • Margaret was smiling encouragingly, so she continued.
  • A reasonable number of anglers fished the lake and, encouragingly, reported that good numbers of fish were observed.

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Syllabification: en·cour·ag·ing

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