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verb [transitive] American English pronunciation: encourage /ɪnˈkʌrɪdʒ/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theyencourage
he/she/itencourages
present participleencouraging
past tenseencouraged
past participleencouraged
  1. 1
    to suggest that someone does something that you believe would be good

    We encourage student participation in our classes.

    encourage someone to do something:

    Mom always encouraged us to discuss our problems.

  2. 2
    to provide conditions that help something to happen

    measures to actively encourage recycling

    Poor hygiene encourages the spread of disease.

  3. 3
    to give someone confidence or hope

    His optimism encouraged me.

    encourage someone in something:

    Frank had encouraged Diana in her ambition to become a model.

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