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encourage (v.)

15世纪初,源于古法语 encoragier "使强壮,使人振奋",源于 en- "使,放"(见 en- (1))。+ corage "勇气、心态"(见 courage )。相关: Encouraged ; encouraging ; encouragingly .

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Definitions of encourage from WordNet

encourage (v.)
contribute to the progress or growth of;
Synonyms: promote / advance / boost / further
encourage (v.)
inspire with confidence; give hope or courage to;
encourage (v.)
spur on;
His financial success encouraged him to look for a wife
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