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encouragement noun

ADJ. considerable, great | active, positive | the slightest Given the slightest encouragement, he'd be on his knees swearing eternal devotion.

VERB + ENCOURAGEMENT give sb, offer (sb), provide (sb with) Mick was always ready to offer advice and encouragement. | need | draw, get, have, receive, take I draw great encouragement from the fact that the classroom is always full.

PREP. with ~ With a bit of encouragement, she could do really well. | ~ by/from You need encouragement from people who understand what you are trying to do. | ~ to Getting the support of the Queen was a great encouragement to those involved in the project.

PHRASES words of encouragement Perhaps I can offer a few words of encouragement to those who did not win any prizes this time.