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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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