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noun [countable/uncountable] encouragement pronunciation in British English /ɪnˈkʌrɪdʒmənt/
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  1. 1
    words or actions that give someone confidence or hope

    He would run up and down, shouting encouragement to the team.

    We needed you there to offer words of encouragement.

  2. 2
    words or actions that help something to happen

    financial encouragements to help mothers back to work

    the encouragement of reading and literacy


… a teaching method in which groups of children learn independently using a computer linked to the internet

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a derogatory word used for referring to people in the banking and investment industry who are thought of as taking serious risks in order to increase their own earnings …

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