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"encourage" in British English

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encourageverb [T]

uk   /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 tolearnforeignlanguages 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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(Definition of encourage from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"encourage" in American English

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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 ​askquestions. If something encourages an ​activity, it ​supports it or makes it more ​likely: The ​cityneeds to encourage ​jobcreation.
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.
(Definition of encourage from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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