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

: 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

transitive verb
:  to deprive of courage or confidence :  dishearten <was discouraged by repeated failure>
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>
dis·cour·age·able \-jə-bəl\ adjective
dis·cour·ag·er noun
dis·cour·ag·ing·ly \-jiŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of DISCOURAGE

  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.


Middle English discoragen, from Middle French descorager, from Old French descoragier, from des- dis- + corage courage
First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with DISCOURAGE


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