encourager

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English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

encourage +‎ -er

Noun[edit]

encourager (plural encouragers)

  1. One who provides encouragement.

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French encoragier. Synchronically analysable as en- +‎ courage +‎ -er.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ɑ̃.ku.ʁa.ʒe/
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Verb[edit]

encourager

  1. to encourage
    • 1759, Voltaire, Candide[1], page 160:
      Mais dans ce pays-ci il est bon de tuer de tems en tems un Amiral pour encourager les autres.
      (please add an English translation of this quote)

Conjugation[edit]

This is a regular -er verb, but the stem is written encourage- before endings that begin with -a- or -o- (to indicate that the -g- is a “soft” /ʒ/ and not a “hard” /ɡ/). This spelling-change occurs in all verbs in -ger, such as neiger and manger.

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Descendants[edit]

  • Romanian: încuraja

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