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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.
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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.
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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
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It also aims to encourage writers and social media activists to continue writing, documenting and enriching the society with latest developments in the economic field, providing a platform to highlight their skills and creative abilities, as well as presenting ideas representing the private sector aimed at legislators.
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Investment tax credits, along with an array of other tax incentives, are widely used by States to encourage growth in economically distressed areas, spur investment, increase jobs, and hence, enlarge the tax base.
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This program requires mentors, who were once teen mothers, to meet with students often, encourage them to stay in school and to help them with personal issues (UMDNJ Healthstate, 1999).
Three adverts in particular appear to me to encourage undesirable behaviour.
Barbara says that she hopes that their success "will encourage other individuals in other states to start a Project Healthy Beginnings campaign.
It encourages our members to address their responsibilities, supports them in addressing these duties and serves as a deterrent to those inclined to disrupt the proper discharge of these responsibilities.
In Pagels's view, and in this reviewer's too, commitment to religious dogma encourages the wrong attitude toward religious diversity.
An interdisciplinary endeavor by nature, media literacy encourages inquiry-based learning and the development of critical thinking.
As part of the joint audit planning process, the IRS encourages the use of the Limited Issue Focused Examination process (a streamlined, focused examination that uses a risk-based approach to limit an examination's scope).
To help ensure instructional value of a controversial topic, the district encourages teachers to ask permission of building administrators before introducing it.
Bathing encourages physical activity through movement and can provide a feeling of independence, self-confidence, and satisfaction with daily hygiene.
The law encourages buildings to expand where it is economically beneficial.
The free availability of source code encourages exploration, innovation and support infrastructures that are most useful to local communities.