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UK [ɪnˈkʌrɪdʒ] / US verb [transitive]
Word forms "encourage":
present tense I/you/we/they encourage he/she/it encourages present participle encouraging past tense encouraged past participle encouraged
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.

Adverbs frequently used with encourage
▪  actively, greatly, positively, strongly Nouns frequently used as objects of encourage
▪  cooperation, dialogue, investment, involvement, participation, use
2) to provide conditions that help something to happen

measures to actively encourage recycling

Poor hygiene encourages the spread of disease.

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.

English dictionary. 2014.