Definition of “encourage” - English Dictionary

“encourage” in English

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encourageverb [ T ]

uk /ɪnˈkʌr.ɪdʒ/ us /ɪnˈkɝː.ɪdʒ/

B1 to make someone more likely to do something, or to make something more likely to happen:

The council is encouraging the development of the property for both employment and recreation.

B1 to talk or behave in a way that gives someone confidence to do something:

They've always encouraged me in everything I've wanted to do.

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

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encourageverb [ T ]

us /ɪnˈkɜr·ɪdʒ, -ˈkʌr·ɪdʒ/

to help someone to feel confident and able to do something, or to give advice to someone to do something:

Our parents always encouraged us to ask questions.

If something encourages an activity, it supports it or makes it more likely:

The city needs to encourage job creation.
noun [ U ] us /ɪnˈkɜr·ɪdʒ·mənt, -ˈkʌr·ɪdʒ-/

My parents gave me encouragement and support.
adjective us /ɪnˈkɜr·ə·dʒɪŋ, -ˈkʌr·ə-/

Early results of the experiment were extremely encouraging.

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If this entails giving more tax breaks for persons so as to encourage them to take out pensions in the private sector, so be it.
We have a duty not just to pontificate about rights, but to actively encourage access to education, training, employment and opportunity.
If we liberalise the markets and encourage a drive to integrate them while forgetting this, we run the risk of ultimately achieving colonisation rather than cooperation.
Lack of understanding, unfamiliarity and the obligation on the banks to promote currency exchange will encourage the counterfeiting of both the euro and national currencies.
We must encourage them to do so.
Secondly, the costs included in the tariffs must be sure to give the market the right incentive, i.e. they must cover all losses and encourage investment.
As regards our external partners, all we can do is set them a good example and encourage their efforts to democratise their decision-making processes.
Our policy is to encourage the recruitment of women to administrative posts in order to create a reserve of suitable candidates for future promotion to managerial positions.
We must win over as many people as possible to our concerns if we are to directly encourage individuals to reduce their water consumption.
The system it proposes will create conditions of unfair competition, jeopardising the objective of road safety and not helping to encourage quality of service.