encourage (one) to (do something)

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encourage (one) to (do something)

To urge one to do something. My dad has always encouraged me to become an actress, but I just don't enjoy being the center of attention. That serious illness encouraged Colleen to start thinking about retirement.
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encourage someone to do something

to inspire or stimulate someone to do something; to give someone the courage to do something. We encouraged her to develop her musical talents. He encouraged himself to study hard so he could make it into medical school.
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References in classic literature ?
He should encourage us to have caprices, and forbid us to have missions.
Lastly, if the more conservative churches of the Anglican Communion continue to find this course offensive, then I would encourage us to feel sorry for them, but not to apologize to them.
Their gorgeously swirling surfaces encourage us to imagine diving into or in some way merging with the slate, which retains the flush of its origins and again seems more like living tissue than anything inert.
We still believe in him 100 percent, but he did encourage us to make this move.
What we need are mentors who will encourage us to ignore the myths and push ahead, reminding us that our generation of gay youth is impossible to fit into a neat little box.
He'd always help out and always encourage us to do good in school,'' Islas said.
The prospect of a new thousand-year era can heighten our sense of perspective and encourage us to `think big'.
So handy is Den Hartog with such nuances that the works, absent of nearly anything that might channel, contain, and otherwise affect the water, encourage us to imagine a physical world around them.
I appreciate the visionaries of our church who encourage us to expand our thinking, and the traditionalists who remind us of the power of unshakeable faith.
Perhaps the changeability of public opinion on homosexuality should both frighten and inspire us, encourage us to agitate for better treatment but remind us to do so warily.
Golub does not normally work as a "political artist" in the way artists as different as Ben Shahn or John Heartfield have done; he does not encourage us to take a side.