Simple Definition of discourage
: to make (someone) less determined, hopeful, or confident
: to make (something) less likely to happen
: to try to make people not want to do (something)
Full Definition of discourage
1 : to deprive of courage or confidence : dishearten <was discouraged by repeated failure>
2 a : to hinder by disfavoring <trying to discourage absenteeism> b : to dissuade or attempt to dissuade from doing something <tried to discourage her from going>
discourageableplay \-jə-bəl\ adjective
discouraginglyplay \-jiŋ-lē\ adverb
Examples of discourage in a sentence
Try not to let losing discourage you.
The area's dry climate discourages agriculture.
He claims the new regulations will discourage investment.
That type of behavior ought to be discouraged.
Origin and Etymology of discourage
Middle English discoragen, from Middle French descorager, from Old French descoragier, from des- dis- + corage courage
First Known Use: 15th century
DISCOURAGE Defined for Kids
Definition of discourage for Students
1 : to make less determined, hopeful, or confident <Yet another failed attempt didn't discourage him.>
2 : to make less likely to happen <The law discourages speeding.>
3 : to try to persuade not to do something <Don't let them discourage you from trying out.>
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