Meaning of encourage

en•cour•age

Pronunciation: (en-kûr'ij, -kur'-), [key]
— -aged, -ag•ing.
  1. to inspire with courage, spirit, or confidence: His coach encouraged him throughout the marathon race to keep on running.
  2. to stimulate by assistance, approval, etc.: One of the chief duties of a teacher is to encourage students.
  3. to promote, advance, or foster: Poverty often encourages crime.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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