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en·cour·age

encourage

 
 
pronunciation:
ihn kuhr ihj
features:
Word Combinations (verb), Word Parts
part of speech: verb
inflections: encourages, encouraging, encouraged
definition: to give hope or courage to someone; give confidence or support.
Her praise encouraged me to continue playing the piano.His parents encouraged him to play sports.
similar words:
assure, cheer, inspire
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