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

 en·cour·ag·ing /-ɪʤɪŋ, rɪʤɪŋ/

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: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 En·cour·a·ging a. Furnishing ground to hope; inspiriting; favoring. -- En*cour*a*ging*ly, adv.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj 1: giving courage or confidence or hope; "encouraging advances
             in medical research" [ant: discouraging]
      2: furnishing support and encouragement; "the anxious child
         needs supporting and accepting treatment from the teacher"
         [syn: supporting]
      3: tending to favor or bring good luck; "miracles are
         auspicious accidents"; "encouraging omens"; "a favorable
         time to ask for a raise"; "lucky stars"; "a prosperous
         moment to make a decision" [syn: auspicious, favorable,
          favourable, lucky, prosperous]