Meaning of “encouraging” in the English Dictionary

"encouraging" in British English

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encouragingadjective

uk /ɪnˈkʌr.ɪ.dʒɪŋ/ us /ɪnˈkɝː.ɪ.dʒɪŋ/
encouragingly
adverb uk /ɪnˈkʌr.ɪ.dʒɪŋ.li/ us /ɪnˈkɝː.ɪ.dʒɪŋ.li/

My mother smiled encouragingly at me as I went up on stage.

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