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
In private, journalists and politicians worry that harsh laws making blasphemy punishable by death, which have inspired more than one murderous vigilante attack, are being left in place to discourage dissent in general.
Don’t get discouraged with how many likes on social media, don’t compare yourself to others on social media, just be true to your own sense of style and talent.
Its dietary code discourages the use of alcohol, caffeine and tobacco.
For Julia de la Rosa, who runs a bed and breakfast called La Rosa de Ortega with her husband Silvio Ortega, the potential for fewer American visitors is discouraging.
That stereotype can discourage people from getting help and propagate the misconception that eating disorders are lifestyle choices instead of serious illnesses.
For those buying insurance on the individual market, CBO says some who would otherwise be insured under current law would be discouraged from buying it under the Senate bill.
Kelly’s executive producer, David Corvo, had set the ratings bar low before Sunday Night even aired, but the numbers remain discouraging.
This will have a chilling effect on smaller employers and discourage them from offering coverage that includes abortion.
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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 centurySee Words from the same year
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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