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encourage

verb [T]  /ɪnˈkɜr·ɪdʒ, -ˈkʌr·ɪdʒ/ us  
to help someone to feel confident and able to do something, or to give advice to someone to do something: Our parents always encouraged us to ask questions. If something encourages an activity, it supports it or makes it more likely: The city needs to encourage job creation.
encouragement
noun [U]  /ɪnˈkɜr·ɪdʒ·mənt, -ˈkʌr·ɪdʒ-/ us  
My parents gave me encouragement and support.
encouraging
adjective  /ɪnˈkɜr·ə·dʒɪŋ, -ˈkʌr·ə-/ us  
Early results of the experiment were extremely encouraging.
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