French roots for the word exhort mean "thoroughly encourage," so to exhort is to fill up with encouragement! "When he heard the crowd exhort him with stomping and cheers, he knew that he could finish the marathon."

Some synonyms for exhort include stimulate, excite, and urge on. Words and shouts can exhort, and this is especially true when the recipient of those chants fears coming up short with an effort. Exhortations may make the difference between winning or losing and marching on or giving up. A sergeant might exhort his troops after a defeat just as a dad can exhort his daughter after a missed note during a piano recital.

Definitions of exhort

v spur on or encourage especially by cheers and shouts

barrack, cheer, inspire, pep up, root on, urge, urge on
act as a cheerleader in a sports event
Type of:
inspire with confidence; give hope or courage to

v force or impel in an indicated direction

press, urge, urge on
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hurry, rush
urge to an unnatural speed
bear on, push
press, drive, or impel (someone) to action or completion of an action
advocate, preach
speak, plead, or argue in favor of
push into action by pestering or annoying gently
moralise, moralize, preachify, sermonise, sermonize
speak as if delivering a sermon; express moral judgements
bull, bull through
push or force
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advise, counsel, rede
give advice to

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