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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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* What a caring, supportive, and encouraging classroom looks like, feels like, and sounds like: Students work in groups of three to brainstorm what it would look like, sound like, and feel like if their classroom were a caring, supportive, and encouraging place to learn.
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The effects of overeating and under-exercising are staggering, but camps have a role to play in addressing this public health problem and in encouraging healthy eating and active living among campers and staff.
But that regulatory focus has the danger of encouraging a robotic adherence to rules, which can be detrimental.
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There is a difficult line to walk between encouraging freedom and curiosity, while being sure we are teaching the basic skills all students need.
We initiated a pilot study at a long-term care facility one year ago aimed at providing a more comprehensive approach to improving residents' nutritional status and encouraging weight gain.
In addition to encouraging better mind-body communication, intellectual and language development may be enhanced.
For instance, in Thomas, Jesus says, "If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you; if you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you." John, on the other hand, rather than encouraging spiritual transformation, recommends that humans save themselves by believing rightly.
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If you pull out and re-sell a water-inefficient toilet, are you helping the environment through re-use or hurting the environment by encouraging people to waste water?
We have written about home schooling in a previous UB column ("Heading Home," April 2003), encouraging colleges to carefully consider these applicants because of their interesting backgrounds of learning and the fact that the number of home-schooled students is growing exponentially.
Liebman contends that the decision provides a roadmap for future largescale, integrated developments in New York, including those that may involve landmark properties and ties together the policy of encouraging projects that result in economic growth with the laws that create the financial incentives for those projects.
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She enhanced learning through interaction in a risk-free environment, encouraging students to take responsibility for making sense of the various mathematical tasks.