- 1 to give somebody support, courage or hope encourage somebody in something My parents have always encouraged me in my choice of career. encourage somebody We were greatly encouraged by the positive response of the public.
- 2 encourage somebody to do something | encourage doing something to persuade somebody to do something by making it easier for them and making them believe it is a good thing to do Banks actively encouraged people to borrow money.
- 3 to make something more likely to happen or develop encourage something (in somebody/something) They claim that some computer games encourage violent behaviour in young children. encourage somebody to do something Music and lighting are used to encourage shoppers to buy more. encourage doing something Technology encourages multitasking. opposite discourage Word Origin Middle English (formerly also as incourage): from French encourager, from en-
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BrE BrE//ɪnˈkʌrɪdʒ//; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈkɜːrɪdʒ//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they encourage
BrE BrE//ɪnˈkʌrɪdʒ//; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈkɜːrɪdʒ//he / she / it encourages
BrE BrE//ɪnˈkʌrɪdʒɪz//; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈkɜːrɪdʒɪz//past simple encouraged
BrE BrE//ɪnˈkʌrɪdʒd//; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈkɜːrɪdʒd//past participle encouraged
BrE BrE//ɪnˈkʌrɪdʒd//; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈkɜːrɪdʒd//-ing form encouraging
BrE BrE//ɪnˈkʌrɪdʒɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈkɜːrɪdʒɪŋ//