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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This question would discourage 30% of Arab Americans from taking the survey, a study by the American-Arab Anti-Defamation Committee found. Joseph Gedeon, The Seattle Times, "As census approaches, many Arab Americans feel left out," 14 Apr. 2019 Critics have raised concerns the program would discourage developers from continuing to build subsidized units for low-income residents. David Garrick, sandiegouniontribune.com, "New incentive aims to spur construction of housing for middle-income residents," 31 May 2018 Red Shirt-Shaw said she was concerned the Grays' encounter would discourage others from going on tours and to college. Mary Hudetz, The Christian Science Monitor, "Suspicions of Native American teens point to cultural disconnect," 14 May 2018 Even when detectives hear a shooting on their police radio, they are discouraged from going to the scene to begin investigating, the report said. Adam Ferrise, cleveland.com, "Cleveland police need to make non-fatal shootings a priority, study says," 26 Apr. 2018 The injuries Rafa has suffered year after year would have discouraged most. Jon Wertheim, SI.com, "Mailbag: Appreciating Rafael Nadal's Jaw-Dropping Brilliance on Clay," 25 Apr. 2018 Toya Sarno Jordan/Getty Images What’s next for the GND Though the committee fight was discouraging (and not everyone agrees about its tactical wisdom), its reverberations reached well beyond DC. David Roberts, Vox, "The Green New Deal, explained," 21 Dec. 2018 While zero tolerance is discouraging some adult men, a new report suggests prosecution does not stop families from trying to enter the U.S. Sandra? Fox News, "Scaramucci: President Trump is winning on border security," 8 Aug. 2018 Immigration-rights groups are currently suing Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for allegedly targeting outspoken immigration advocates for surveillance and deportation, so as to discourage such political speech. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Feds Jailed Gun Owner for Making Politically Incorrect Facebook Posts," 11 May 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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More Definitions for discourage

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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