What does the word encourage mean?

Usage examples for encourage

  1. Miss Lavender did not say much, except to encourage him in this determination. – The Story Of Kennett by Bayard Taylor
  2. It was not prudent, however, even in his time, for a man to say all he knew, and he carefully avoided the drawing of any conclusions which might encourage further inquiry in that direction. – The Eliminator; or, Skeleton Keys to Sacerdotal Secrets by Richard B. Westbrook