Meaning of “encourage” - Learner’s Dictionary

encourage

verb [ T ] uk us /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.
GIVE CONFIDENCE/HOPE

B1 to give someone confidence or hope:

My parents encouraged me when things weren't going well at school.
→ Opposite discourage
encouragement noun [ C, U ]

B2

Children need lots of encouragement from their parents.

(Definition of “encourage” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)