Definition of discourage
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.
Recent Examples of discourage from the Web
The latter requirement in particular discourages candidates of color who can’t afford to go years without a livable wage in pursuit of a distant dream.
Fewer than 50 catches and 800 yards this season would be discouraging.
Speakers urged attendees not to be discouraged by the president’s decision, urging them to stay active and even consider running for office.
For example, the latest rule that discourages SEC football teams from hiring a high school coach as a support staffer.
Rubin and Hansen said they weren’t discouraged by the outcome.
Hips are the seed pods that, if left on the plant, discourage its ability to re-bloom.
U.S. inaction on greenhouse gases may eventually discourage other countries from continuing their own efforts to cut back, said Oppenheimer at Princeton.
But water is now a more expensive resource, and because avocado trees are traditionally not pruned, older trees have dense foliage that discourages fruiting.
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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 English Language Learners
Definition of discourage for English Language Learners
: 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)
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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