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English definition of “encourage”

encourage

verb [T]    /ɪnˈkɜr·ɪdʒ, -ˈkʌr·ɪdʒ/
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    /ɪnˈkɜr·ɪdʒ·mənt, -ˈkʌr·ɪdʒ-/ noun [U] My parents gave me encouragement and support. encouraging    /ɪnˈkɜr·ə·dʒɪŋ, -ˈkʌr·ə-/ adjective Early results of the experiment were extremely encouraging.
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