Another word for encourage
To give support
help, aid, foster, sanction, approve, incite, instigate, stimulate, goad, spur, sustain, fortify, advocate, reassure, assist, abet, succor, support, befriend, uphold, reinforce, back, bolster, brace, further, promote, boost, forward, favor, strengthen, second, subscribe to, applaud, praise, smile upon, side with, back up, pull for, lead on, egg on, prompt, urge, sway, extend a helping hand, give a hand up, give a foot up, root for, pat on the back*.
To raise the spirits
inspirit, hearten, embolden, animate, cheer, elate, refresh, enliven, exhilarate, inspire, cheer up, brighten, rally, restore, give new promise, give new life, revitalize, reassure, give encouragement, gladden, fortify, revivify, promise well, augur well, buoy up, bid fair, boost, buck up*, give a shot in the arm*.
Another word for encourageverb
To impart courage, inspiration, and resolution to:animate, cheer (on), embolden, inspire, inspirit, motivate. See help
To impart strength and confidence to:buck up, cheer (up), hearten, nerve, perk up. See help
To lend supportive approval to:countenance, favor, smile on (or upon). See support
To help bring about:feed, foster, promote. See help