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.
See also: encourage, to
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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.
See also: encourage, to
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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"And it will perhaps encourage somebody to produce a more complete account in the future.
Mr Hankins said: "Anything which may encourage somebody to come forward with information to secure the safe return of Jessica and Holly to their parents is welcome by my team."
Mr Hankins said: ``Anything which may encourage somebody to come forward with information to secure the safe return of Jessica and Holly to their parents is welcomed by us.''
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