To give nerve to to inspire with nerve nature or desire to raise or even to raise the self-confidence of to animate enhearten to incite to simply help ahead the opposite of discourage
- donate to the development or growth of
- spur on
- inspire with confidence; provide hope or courage to
- To give courage to; to motivate with courage, nature, or hope; to increase, or even to increase, the confidence of; to animate; enhearten; to incite; to simply help ahead; -- the alternative of discourage.
In criminal law. To instigate ; to incite to action; to give courage to; toInspirit; to embolden; to raise confidence; to make confident. Comitez v. Parkerson (C.C.) 50 Fed. 170; True v. Com., 90 Ky. 651, 14 S. W. 684 ; Johnson v. State, 4 Sneed(Tenn.) 621.
early 15c., from Old French encoragier "make powerful, hearten," from en- "make, added" (see en- (1)) + corage "nerve, heart" (see courage). Related: Promoted; encouraging; encouragingly.
(v. t.) To give nerve to; to inspire with courage, nature, or hope; to improve, or to increase, the confidence of; to animate; enhearten; to incite; to simply help ahead; -- the contrary of discourage.
Our Emperor joined the army to encourage it to defend every inch of Russian soil and not to retreat.