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verb en·cour·age \in-ˈkər-ij, –ˈkə-rij, en-\

: to make (someone) more determined, hopeful, or confident

: to make (something) more appealing or more likely to happen

: to make (someone) more likely to do something : to tell or advise (someone) to do something

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en·cour·aged   en·cour·ag·ing

Full Definition of ENCOURAGE

transitive verb
a :  to inspire with courage, spirit, or hope :  hearten <she was encouraged to continue by her early success>

b :  to attempt to persuade :  urge <they encouraged him to go back to school>

:  to spur on :  stimulate <warm weather encourages plant growth>
3:  to give help or patronage to :  foster <government grants designed to encourage conservation>
en·cour·ag·er noun