the act of encouraging somebody to do something; something that encourages somebody a few words of encouragement He needs all the support and encouragement he can get. With a little encouragement from his parents he should do well. encouragement (to somebody) (to do something) She was given every encouragement to try something new. Her words were a great encouragement to them. opposite discouragementExtra examples Getting the support of the Queen was a great encouragement to those involved in the project. Given the slightest encouragement, he’d be on his knees swearing eternal devotion. Given the slightest encouragement, he’d leave his job. I draw great encouragement from the fact that the classroom is always full. Instead of criticism, use encouragement. Mick was always ready to offer advice and encouragement. Perhaps I can offer a few words of encouragement to those who did not win any prizes this time. We are grateful to all our friends for their support and encouragement. We needed no further encouragement to stop work. With a bit of encouragement, she could do really well. You need encouragement from people who understand what you are trying to do.