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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 en·cour·age /ɪnˈkɝɪʤ, ˈkʌrɪʤ, ɛn-/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 En·cour·age v. t. [imp. & p. p. Encouraged p. pr. & vb. n. Encouraging ]  To give courage to; to inspire with courage, spirit, or hope; to raise, or to increase, the confidence of; to animate; enhearten; to incite; to help forward; -- the opposite of discourage.
    David encouraged himself in the Lord.   --1 Sam. xxx. 6.
 Syn: -- To embolden; inspirit; animate; enhearten; hearten; incite; cheer; urge; impel; stimulate; instigate; countenance; comfort; promote; advance; forward; strengthen.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      v 1: contribute to the progress or growth of; "I am promoting the
           use of computers in the classroom" [syn: promote, advance,
            boost, further]
      2: inspire with confidence; give hope or courage to [ant: discourage]
      3: spur on; "His financial success encouraged him to look for a