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adjective uk   /ɪnˈkʌr.ɪ.dʒɪŋ/ us    /-ˈkɝː-/
B2 making you feel more confidence or hope: There was a lot of positive feedback, which was very encouraging.
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adverb uk   /-li/ us  
My mother smiled encouragingly at me as I went up on stage.
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