encourage
Pronunciation
  • (RP) IPA: /ɪnˈkʌɹɪdʒ/
  • (America) IPA: /ɪnˈkɝɹɪdʒ/
Verb

encourage (encourages, present participle encouraging; past and past participle encouraged) (transitive)

  1. To mentally support; to motivate, give courage, hope or spirit.
    I encouraged him during his race.
  2. To spur on, strongly recommend.
    We encourage the use of bicycles in the town centre.
  3. To foster, give help or patronage
    The royal family has always encouraged the arts in word and deed
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