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

  • Word of the Day
    shyster

    shaI st@r

    noun
    a person, usu. a lawyer, who uses underhanded, unethical methods.
    That shyster accepted her fee for his services but did almost nothing for her.

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  • Vocabulary of the Day
    naysayer

    neI seI @r

    noun
    a person who refuses, denies, or opposes, esp. because of cynicism or pessimism.
    They went ahead with their ambitious plan despite the arguments of the naysayers.

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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