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 Dictionary entry overview: What does encouragement mean? 

  The noun ENCOURAGEMENT has 3 senses:

1. the expression of approval and support
2. the act of giving hope or support to someone
3. the feeling of being encouraged

  Familiarity information: ENCOURAGEMENT used as a noun is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1encouragement [BACK TO TOP]


The expression of approval and support

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Hypernyms ("encouragement" is a kind of...):

approval; commendation (a message expressing a favorable opinion)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "encouragement"):

abetment; abettal; instigation (the verbal act of urging on)

cheering; shouting (encouragement in the form of cheers from spectators)

advancement; furtherance; promotion (encouragement of the progress or growth or acceptance of something)

fosterage; fostering (encouragement; aiding the development of something)

goad; goading; prod; prodding; spur; spurring; urging (a verbalization that encourages you to attempt something)

incitement; provocation (needed encouragement)

vote of confidence (an expression of approval and encouragement)


discouragement (the expression of opposition and disapproval)

Sense 2encouragement [BACK TO TOP]


The act of giving hope or support to someone

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions


boost; encouragement

Hypernyms ("encouragement" is a kind of...):

aid; assist; assistance; help (the activity of contributing to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "encouragement"):

morale booster; morale building (anything that serves to increase morale)

Sense 3encouragement [BACK TO TOP]


The feeling of being encouraged

Classified under:

Nouns denoting feelings and emotions

Hypernyms ("encouragement" is a kind of...):

hope (the general feeling that some desire will be fulfilled)

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