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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Thanks anyway, perhaps you've encouraged someone to think.
If you helped a coworker see that he was not happy with his job and had talents better suited to another position, if you assisted someone with their NACM Roadmap, if you got someone to see that they had enough experience to sit for a NACM designation test, or if you encouraged someone to try a new software package to enhance their computer literacy, you were a Mentor.
"Would these law enforcement agents have encouraged someone to break into somebody's house and dig through their private stuff" to see if they happened to have anything that was illegal to possess?" she asks.
"One winter Sunday, in our church bulletin there was a notice: If you feel guilty or depressed about an abortion you have had or encouraged someone to have, help is available at Second Chance Ministries.
About 56.2% of children encouraged someone to stop smoking about once per week.
As would be expected, the percent of children who encouraged someone to quit smoking or remain a nonsmoker was significantly higher in homes with a smoker than in homes without a smoker (89.5% vs.
However, an almost equal percentage of children in the treatment and control groups encouraged someone to quit smoking (62.2% vs.