encourage-v; 2 Senses

Sense Number 1: promote, advance

Commentary: Syntax Is: NP1[agent] ENCOURAGE NP2[patient[inanimate]]

We should encourage good eating habits in our children.
The tax break is encouraging business growth in the lower income neighborhoods.

VerbNet: promote-102,approve-77
FrameNet: Attempt_suasion
PropBank: encourage.02
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 2: inspire, invigorate

Commentary: Syntax Is: NP1[agent] ENCOURAGE NP2[patient[animate]]

He is trying to encourage her every day during her chemotherapy treatments.
His success with the first novel encouraged him to write a second.

VerbNet: advise-37.9,amuse-31.1,approve-77,force-59
FrameNet: NM
PropBank: encourage.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2, 3