"exhorts" in the verb sense
1. cheer, root on, inspire, urge, barrack, urge on, exhort, pep up
spur on or encourage especially by cheers and shouts
"The crowd cheered the demonstrating strikers"
2. urge, urge on, press, exhort
force or impel in an indicated direction
"I urged him to finish his studies"
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