encouraging


encouraging
[[t]ɪnkʌ̱rɪʤiŋ, AM -kɜ͟ːr-[/t]]
ADJ-GRADED: oft it v-link ADJ that
Something that is encouraging gives people hope or confidence.

There are encouraging signs of an artistic revival...

The results have been encouraging...

It was encouraging that he recognised the dangers facing the company.

Derived words:
encouragingly ADV-GRADED ADV after v, ADV adj, ADV with cl

The people at the next table watched me eat and smiled encouragingly...

Against all expectations, the theatre reopened to encouragingly large audiences...

But, most encouragingly, there'd been no sign of any recurrence of the hallucinations.


English dictionary. 2008.

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  • encouraging — [en kʉr′ij iŋ, inkʉr′ij iŋ] adj. giving courage, hope, or confidence encouragingly adv. * * * en·cour·ag·ing (ĕn kûrʹə jĭng, kŭrʹ ) adj. Giving courage, confidence, or hope: an encouraging advance in medical research.   en·courʹag·ing·ly adv. * * …   Universalium

  • Encouraging — En*cour a*ging, a. Furnishing ground to hope; inspiriting; favoring. {En*cour a*ging*ly}, adv. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • encouraging — index auspicious, favorable (advantageous), favorable (expressing approval), moving (evoking emotion), propitious, viable Burton …   Law dictionary

  • encouraging — [en kʉr′ij iŋ, inkʉr′ij iŋ] adj. giving courage, hope, or confidence encouragingly adv …   English World dictionary

  • encouraging — adj. 1) encouraging to + inf. (it is encouraging to read that illiteracy is declining) 2) encouraging that + clause (it s encouraging that the inflation rate has dropped) * * * [ɪn kʌrɪdʒɪŋ] encouraging to + inf. (it is encouraging to read that… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • encouraging — adj. VERBS ▪ be, look, seem, sound ▪ remain ADVERB ▪ extremely, highly, immensely …   Collocations dictionary

  • encouraging — en|cour|ag|ing S3 [ınˈkʌrıdʒıŋ US ınˈkə:r ] adj giving you hope and confidence = ↑reassuring ▪ The encouraging news is that typhoid is on the decrease. ▪ The signs are encouraging but there s a long way to go. >encouragingly adv …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • encouraging — en|cour|ag|ing [ ın kʌrıdʒıŋ ] adjective ** giving you confidence or hope: The news from the doctors is very encouraging. an encouraging smile ─ opposite DISCOURAGING ╾ en|cour|ag|ing|ly adverb …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • encouraging */*/ — UK [ɪnˈkʌrɪdʒɪŋ] / US adjective giving you confidence or hope The news from the doctors is very encouraging. an encouraging smile Derived word: encouragingly adverb …   English dictionary

  • Encouraging — Encourage En*cour age (?; 48), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Encouraged} (?; 48); p. pr. & vb. n. {Encouraging}.] [F. encourager; pref. en (L. in) + courage courage. See {Courage}.] To give courage to; to inspire with courage, spirit, or hope; to raise,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English