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discourage

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verb, dis·cour·age \dis-ˈkər-ij, -ˈkə-rij\

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)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of discourage

discourageddiscouraging

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to deprive of courage or confidence :  dishearten <was discouraged by repeated failure>

  3. 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>

discourageable play \-jə-bəl\ adjective
discourager noun
discouragingly play \-jiŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of discourage in a sentence

  1. Try not to let losing discourage you.

  2. The area's dry climate discourages agriculture.

  3. He claims the new regulations will discourage investment.

  4. That type of behavior ought to be discouraged.



Origin of discourage

Middle English discoragen, from Middle French descorager, from Old French descoragier, from des- dis- + corage courage


First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with discourage


DISCOURAGE Defined for Kids

discourage

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verb dis·cour·age \dis-ˈkər-ij\

Definition of discourage for Students

discourageddiscouraging

  1. 1 :  to make less determined, hopeful, or confident <Yet another failed attempt didn't discourage him.>

  2. 2 :  to make less likely to happen <The law discourages speeding.>

  3. 3 :  to try to persuade not to do something <Don't let them discourage you from trying out.>

discouragement \-mənt\ noun




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