encourage

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(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
v. t. animate, strengthen, hearten, fortify, inspirit, cheer, inspire, reassure, rally, comfort; abet, embolden, incite, urge, instigate; help, foster, promote, advance, advocate. See hope, cheerfulness, aid.Ant., discourage, dampen.
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(Roget's IV) v.
1. [To give support]
Syn. help, aid, foster, sanction, approve, incite, instigate, stimulate, goad, spur, sustain, fortify, advocate, reassure, assist, abet, succor, support, befriend, uphold, reinforce, back, bolster, brace, further, promote, boost, forward, favor, strengthen, second, subscribe to, applaud, praise, smile upon, side with, back up, pull for, lead on, egg on, prompt, urge, sway, extend a helping hand, give a hand up, give a foot up, root for, pat on the back*.
Ant. restrain*, discourage, caution.
2. [To raise the spirits]
Syn. inspirit, hearten, embolden, animate, cheer, elate, refresh, enliven, exhilarate, inspire, cheer up, brighten, rally, restore, give New promise, give New life, revitalize, reassure, give encouragement, gladden, fortify, revivify, promise well, augur well, buoy up, bid fair, boost, buck up*, give a shot in the arm*.
Ant. discourage*, depress, dispirit.
III
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) v.
hearten, embolden, spur, inspire, rally, reassure, root for, *buck up, *psyche up, foster, steel, fortify, support, cheer, buoy, *give a shot in the arm.
ANT.: discourage, dishearten, *take the wind out of one's sails, deflate
IV
(Roget's Thesaurus II) verb 1. To impart courage, inspiration, and resolution to: animate, cheer (on), embolden, inspire, inspirit, motivate. See HELP. 2. To impart strength and confidence to: buck up, cheer (up), hearten, nerve, perk up. See HELP. 3. To lend supportive approval to: countenance, favor, smile on (or upon). See SUPPORT. 4. To help bring about: feed, foster, promote. See HELP.

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