# encourage

encourage is one of the 1000 most common headwords.
 encourage

## Verb

 Plain form encourage Third-person singular encourages Past tense encouraged Past participle encouraged Present participle encouraging
1. (transitive) If you encourage someone, you make them feel that they want to, or can, do something.
We're trying to encourage more people to give money to the hospital.
It will be difficult, but I'm encouraged by our success so far.
2. (transitive) If $x$ encourages $y$, $x$ makes $y$ more likely to happen.
The water encourages the breakdown of the wood.