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English definition of “encouragement”

encouragement

noun [C or U]     /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 .Encouraging and urging onInspiration and inspiring 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 .Encouraging and urging onInspiration and inspiring
(Definition of encouragement noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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