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encourage

verb [T]
 
 
/ɪnˈkʌrɪdʒ/
MAKE DO/HAPPEN B1 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.Encouraging and urging onInspiration and inspiringUrging and persuadingCausing somebody to act
GIVE CONFIDENCE/HOPE B1 to give someone confidence or hope: My parents encouraged me when things weren't going well at school. →  Opposite discourage Encouraging and urging onInspiration and inspiring
encouragement noun [C, U] B2 Children need lots of encouragement from their parents.
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