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Definition of encouragement noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



[uncountable, countable, usually singular]
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 the act of encouraging someone to do something; something that encourages someone a few words of encouragement He needs all the support and encouragement he can get. With a little encouragement from his parents he should do well. encouragement (to somebody) (to do something) She was given every encouragement to try something new. Her words were a great encouragement to them. opposite discouragement
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