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encourage (one) in (something)

To support and urge one on in some pursuit. My dad has always encouraged me in my studies, but he refuses to accept my interest in becoming an actress.
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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.
See also: encourage, to
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encourage someone in something

to give support to someone about something in particular. We want to encourage her in her musical career. Ted encouraged me in my efforts to become a baseball player.
See also: encourage

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.
See also: encourage, to
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Tinkering with the tax code to encourage higher education will do little to raise basic education skills and may succeed only in providing a windfall for families whose children would go on to college anyway.
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One, the "Healthy Forests Partnership Act," would: authorize the Forest Service and BLM to enter into new partnerships; designate new Healthy Forests Partnership Zones in priority areas to foster investment by nonfederal parties; and encourage the application of peer-reviewed science with heightened legal significance.
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Parents have to teach children the value of money and guide them in their spending, encourage them to save, explore entrepreneurship opportunities, and expose them to solid financial planning.
An initiative to encourage people to cycle to Birmingham has been set up after receiving part of a pounds 2 million Government community fund.
CORRECTION: Leaving aside the morality of having the government spend tax dollars to encourage gambling, the alleged financial benefits of state lotteries are vastly overstated.
Changing feedback systems can also encourage shifts in behavior.
Newly released guidelines for 2005 (Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2005) encourage more fruits and vegetables while still keeping moderate amounts of sugar and fats.