Synonyms for encourage

Synonyms for (verb) encourage

Synonyms: encourage

Definition: spur on

Usage: His financial success encouraged him to look for a wife

Similar words: cause, induce, get, have, make, stimulate

Definition: cause to do; cause to act in a specified manner

Usage: The ads induced me to buy a VCR; My children finally got me to buy a computer; My wife made me buy a new sofa


Synonyms: encourage

Definition: inspire with confidence; give hope or courage to

Similar words: exalt, enliven, inspire, animate, invigorate

Definition: heighten or intensify

Usage: These paintings exalt the imagination


Synonyms: boost, advance, encourage, further, promote

Definition: contribute to the progress or growth of

Usage: I am promoting the use of computers in the classroom

Similar words: back up, support

Definition: give moral or psychological support, aid, or courage to

Usage: She supported him during the illness; Her children always backed her up