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.
See also: encourage, to
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Mr Morolong said they were grateful that the beneficiaries were producing good results and encouraged them to continue even in the midst of challenges.
In general, Kathleen's instructional activities emphasized tasks wherein she did not give students specific procedures for finding a solution; instead she encouraged them to complete the tasks in ways that made sense to them (Wheatley, 1991; Wheatley & Reynolds, 1999).
Kathleen encouraged them to share different ways of seeing the dots by asking questions such as, "How many did you see, and how were they arranged?" 'How many sets did you see?" "Did you see a pattern?" One student noticed 4 dots missing on each (the empty spaces in each frame) so he knew it was 6 and 6, which makes 12.