What is the meaning of the word encourages?

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Verb
  1. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of encourage
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The terrain here is flat, and the poor drainage encourages the creation of wetlands and bogs.
This encourages clam spat to settle out in areas of the flats currently devoid of clam stocks.
It is not an environment which encourages dressing room unity when times are hard.
Steven encourages an active social scene with evening out paint-balling, bowling and karting all paid for by the company.
He encourages them to study and hopes that they will go on to higher education.
It encourages microorganism activity causing soil particles to clump together and form aggregates.

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