discourage

verb
dis·​cour·​age | \ di-ˈskər-ij How to pronounce discourage (audio) , -ˈskə-rij\
discouraged; discouraging

Definition of discourage

transitive verb

1 : to deprive of courage or confidence : dishearten was discouraged by repeated failure
2a : to hinder by disfavoring trying to discourage absenteeism
b : to dissuade or attempt to dissuade from doing something tried to discourage her from going

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Other Words from discourage

discourageable \ di-​ˈskər-​i-​jə-​bəl How to pronounce discourageable (audio) , -​ˈskə-​ri-​ \ adjective
discourager noun
discouragingly \ di-​ˈskər-​i-​jiŋ-​lē How to pronounce discouragingly (audio) , -​ˈkə-​ri-​ \ 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.
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Birds rely on these food sources most heavily during the colder months, so don't let the temperatures outside discourage you from refilling your feeders. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Here's How Birds Stay Warm in the Winter, In Case You Were Wondering," 1 Feb. 2019 Krzanich’s departure underlined how major corporations are taking a stricter stance toward office romances involving executives rather than merely discouraging them. James F. Peltz, latimes.com, "Intel CEO Brian Krzanich resigns over relationship with employee," 21 June 2018 The concern is that this might discourage students who want to use drones for a science project, or a contractor who wants to use a drone for home inspections. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, "Are Hobby Drones Dead?," 7 Dec. 2018 The pharmaceutical industry is already warning that price controls could discourage companies from pursuing breakthrough but expensive-to-develop treatments. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Bernie Sanders’s new plan to bring down drug prices, briefly explained," 20 Nov. 2018 Grandi said an offensive threatens to cause many civilian deaths, fresh displacement and would also discourage refugees from returning. Fox News, "The Latest: UN warns against assault on Syria's Idlib," 31 Aug. 2018 But critics argue that the changes could have discouraged FCC staff from doing even that. Klint Finley, WIRED, "FCC Retracts a Plan to Discourage Consumer Complaints," 11 July 2018 Challenging math courses can discourage students from making educational choices that could lead to more financially stable careers, a problem that affects low-income students the most, Verstuyft said. Alia Malik, San Antonio Express-News, "S.A. school districts made all eighth-graders take algebra — and it worked," 26 June 2018 Privacy advocates have raised concern that the measure could discourage addicts from seeking treatment for fear of retaliation if their addiction is leaked to law enforcement. NBC News, "House passes massive package to address opioids crisis," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of discourage

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for discourage

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

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discourage

verb

English Language Learners 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)

discourage

verb
dis·​cour·​age | \ dis-ˈkər-ij How to pronounce discourage (audio) \
discouraged; discouraging

Kids Definition of discourage

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.

Other Words from discourage

discouragement \ -​mənt \ noun

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