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1‘the players were encouraged by the crowd's response’
hearten, cheer, buoy up, uplift, inspire, motivate, egg on, spur on, stir, stir up, whip up, fire up, stimulate, animate, invigorate, vitalize, revitalize, embolden, fortify, rally, incite
lift the spirits of, raise the morale of, stiffen the resolve of
informal buck up, pep up, give a shot in the arm to
North American informal light a fire under
rare inspirit, spirit someone up, fillip, incentivize
2‘he would never encourage Joan to leave her husband’
persuade, coax, urge, press, push, pressure, pressurize, exhort, spur, prod, goad, egg on, prompt, influence, sway
informal put the heat on, put the screws on, twist someone's arm
3‘the Government was keen to encourage local businesses’
support, back, endorse, champion, advocate, recommend, promote, further, advance, forward, foster, strengthen, enrich
help, assist, aid, abet, boost, fuel, favour
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