encourage - definition and synonyms

verb [transitive] 

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present tense
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:

    Mum always encouraged us to discuss our problems.

  2. 3
    to give someone confidence or hope
    encourage someone in something:

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