What is the meaning of the word encourage?

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Verb
  1. To mentally support; to motivate, give courage, hope or spirit.
  2. To spur on, strongly recommend.
  3. To foster, give help or patronage
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He claims the new regulations will encourage people to invest.
Encourage students to form their own departmental organizations, like a physics club or a chapter of the Society of Physics Students.
Encourage them to keep track of their feelings regarding their pending cosmetic surgery.
Encourage the patient to relax the quadriceps and push the patella medially back into place.
Encourage courtesy by reminding children to say please and thank you to those who serve or help them.
For some reason, they discourage loitering outside the store, but encourage it inside.

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