If you encourage someone, you give them confidence, for example by letting them know that
what they are doing is good and telling them that they should continue to do it.
When things aren't going well, he encourages me, telling me not to give up.
Leisure is the time when you are not working and you can relax and do things that you enjoy.
...a relaxing way to fill my leisure time.
...one of Britain's most popular leisure activities.