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English definition of “encouragement”

encouragement

noun [C or U] uk   /ɪnˈkʌr.ɪdʒ.mənt/ us    /-ˈkɝː-/
B2 words or behaviour that give someone confidence to do something: Children need lots of encouragement from their parents. I could never have achieved this without the encouragement of my husband and family. words or behaviour that make something more likely to happen: The armed forces are now giving positive encouragement to applications from Asians and black people.
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