Meaning of “encouragement” in the English Dictionary

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"encouragement" in British English

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encouragementnoun [ C or U ]

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

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:

We give positive encouragement to applications from older candidates.

More examples

  • We are extremely grateful for all your help and encouragement.
  • He's very nervous about cooking for us, so give him lots of encouragement.
  • As an encouragement to potential customers, they are offering three months' interest-free credit.
  • Some companies use bonuses as an encouragement to their staff to work harder.
  • He never needs any encouragement to go to bed - he's always tired well before bedtime.

(Definition of “encouragement” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)