Children's, Intermediate and Advanced Online English Dictionary & Thesaurus

  • Word of the Day
    carouse

    k@ raUz

    intransitive verb
    to revel in a boisterous and drunken manner.
    They’d been carousing in the bar and were now staggering home, still singing and shouting.

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  • Vocabulary of the Day
    notify

    no tih faI

    transitive verb
    to give notice to; tell or inform, esp. formally.
    The contest judges notified the winners by mail.
    Who should we notify in case of an emergency?
    The landlord notified the tenants that the water would be shut off in the morning.

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Jan
17
2014

encourage

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

ihn kuhr ihj

transitive verb
definition 1:  to arouse feelings of hope or courage in; give confidence to; hearten.
example:  Winning in the first round of judging encouraged him tremendously.

definition 2:  to give help, support, or approval to.
example:  Her parents encouraged her in her efforts to become a figure skater.
example:  One boy was hitting and teasing the dog, and the others were encouraging him.

definition 3:  to stimulate or promote; advance.
example:  Plant food will encourage blossoming.
example:  The city is putting in more bicycle lanes to encourage bicycling as a way to commute.
example:  Early graduation is possible, but the school does not encourage it.

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Collocations:  Words often used in combination with the transitive verb encourage (definition 3)

encourage + NOUN:    ~ participation, ~ involvement, ~ development, ~ growth, ~ investment, ~ creativity, ~ innovation, ~ experimentation, ~ collaboration, ~ efforts, ~ initiatives, ~ reforms, ~ conservation, ~ interaction, ~ tourism, ~ entrepreneurship, ~ recycling, ~ literacy, ~ tolerance