/ɪnˈkʌrɪdʒ/ verb [T]
MAKE DO/HAPPEN › to make someone more likely to do something, or make something more likely to happen: [+ to do sth] My parents encouraged me to try new things. Cutting back plants will encourage growth. GIVE CONFIDENCE/HOPE › to give someone confidence or hope: My parents encouraged me when things weren't going well at school. → Opposite discourage encouragement noun [C, U] › Children need lots of encouragement from their parents.