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verb [transitive] encourage pronunciation in British English /ɪnˈkʌrɪdʒ/
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I/you/we/theyencourage
he/she/itencourages
present participleencouraging
past tenseencouraged
past participleencouraged
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  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: Mum 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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