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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She rated his abilities much higher than any of the others; there was a solidity in his reflections which often struck her, and though by no means so clever as herself, she thought that if encouraged to read and improve himself by such an example as hers, he might become a very agreeable companion.
'But, for the child's own sake, it ought not to be encouraged to have such amusements,' answered I, as meekly as I could, to make up for such unusual pertinacity.
Tawana Land Board staff members have been encouraged to uphold a healthy life style.
Her visit attracted many children who got to ask questions and were, hopefully, encouraged to pick up a book.
But if what Wood is trying to say here is that we have become a much more open society, where people are encouraged to express themselves and talk about what's bothering them, well, duh!
Even so, counselors are strongly encouraged to advocate for the needs of their students and the counselor's role in meeting those needs.
PATIENTS in Solihull are being encouraged to quiz their doctors more closely about the medicines they are being given.
Romania and Bulgaria, along with the other Member States, should be encouraged to issue transition rules adopting a "light touch" in respect of (a) strict documentation requirements, especially for zero-rated intra-EU supplies, and (b) the application of penalties.
Policyholders are encouraged to seek alternate coverage.
Individuals who have renounced FGM/C are encouraged to speak out and persuade others in the community to do the same.
Similarly, when people practicing unacceptable behaviors such as sexual harassment or misuse of resources are removed from an organization, other offenders know similar fates could also befall them and are encouraged to change their ways.
Investigators and trainees are encouraged to interact with NIEHS program officials with the goal of promoting grantsmanship and eventual funding by NIEHS.
All students were encouraged to respond to the survey but participation was not required and had no bearing on their assignment grade.
Parents should be encouraged to articulate their own values for living and behavior and to teach them in the home.