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.

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