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encourageverb [T]

uk   /ɪnˈkʌr.ɪdʒ/  us   /ɪnˈkɝː.ɪdʒ/
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.
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.

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encourageverb [T]

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