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English definition of “encourage”

encourage

verb [T]     /ɪnˈkʌr.ɪdʒ/ US  /-ˈkɝː-/
B1 to make someone more likely to do something, or to make something more likely to happen: [T + to infinitive] We were encouraged to learn foreign languages at school. The council is encouraging the development of the property for both employment and recreation.Encouraging and urging onInspiration and inspiring B1 to talk or behave in a way that gives someone confidence to do something: They've always encouraged me in everything I've wanted to do.Encouraging and urging onInspiration and inspiringUrging and persuadingCausing somebody to act
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