discourage

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

Definition of discourage

discouraged; discouraging
transitive verb
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

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.

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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


DISCOURAGE Defined for English Language Learners

discourage

verb

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

discourage

verb dis·cour·age \ dis-ˈkər-ij \

Definition of discourage for Students

discouraged; discouraging
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.

discouragement

\-mənt\ noun


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