"alento" can be a verb. You can see the conjugations below.

transitive verb
1. to encourage (animar)
pronomial verb
1. to recover, to get better (recuperarse) (Andes, Mexican Spanish, Venezuelan Spanish)

alentar [ah-len-tar’]
verb neuter
1. To breathe. (n)
article & verb transitive
2. To animate, to encourage, to comfort.
  • Alentar a uno a hacer algo -> to encourage somebody to do something
3. (And) To clap (aplaudir).
verb reflexive
4. To take heart, to cheer up.
5. To get well. (Medical)
6. To give birth (dar a luz). (Andes & Central America) (m)
(fig.) To burn, to glow.

1 (animar) to encourage; hearten; [+oposición] to stiffen; [+esperanzas] to raise
en su pecho alienta la esperanza de ... he cherishes the hope of ...; alentar a algn a hacer algo to encourage sb to do sth
2 (Latinoamérica) (aplaudir) to clap; applaud
(brillar) to burn; glow
1 (animarse) to take heart; cheer up
2 especialmente (Latinoamérica) (Med) to get better
3 (And) (Centroamérica) (dar a luz) to give birth;de to

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