Learner's definition of ENCOURAGE
to make (someone) more determined, hopeful, or confident
— often used as (be) encouraged
We were encouraged by their enthusiasm.
Researchers are encouraged by the findings.
I am encouraged that the project seems to be moving ahead.
— sometimes followed by to + verb
to make (something) more appealing or more likely to happen
The program is meant to encourage savings.
Warm weather encourages plant growth.
He claims the new regulations will encourage investment.
to make (someone) more likely to do something
to tell or advise (someone) to do something
[more encouraged; most encouraged]