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[en-kur-ij, -kuhr-] /ɛnˈkɜr ɪdʒ, -ˈkʌr-/

verb (used with object), encouraged, encouraging.
to inspire with courage, spirit, or confidence:
His coach encouraged him throughout the marathon race to keep on running.
to stimulate by assistance, approval, etc.:
One of the chief duties of a teacher is to encourage students.
to promote, advance, or foster:
Poverty often encourages crime.
verb (transitive)
to inspire (someone) with the courage or confidence (to do something)
to stimulate (something or someone to do something) by approval or help; support

early 15c., from Old French encoragier “make strong, hearten,” from en- “make, put in” (see en- (1)) + corage (see courage). Related: Encouraged; encouraging.


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