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First published 1951 (DOST Vol. II).
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Encourage, v. Also: -aige, encorage, -curage, -curridge. [Late ME. encorage (Caxton), e.m.E. encourage (1553), OF. encoragier, F. encourager.] tr. To encourage. 1560 Bk. Disc. 243.
The simple … shall be encurageit dalie to study and proceid in knawledge
1568 Pref. Lyndesay 9.
To encorage his elect, … he hes maist michtilie manteynit thame
1570 Leslie 228.
Thay wantit no confortabill wordis … to encourage thame withall
1607 Elphinstone Mun. 28.
That those … may be encouraiged to go fordward
1660 Conv. Burghs III. 493.
That tread … be encurridged

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