Definition of discourage
- trying to discourage absenteeism
- tried to discourage her from going
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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First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
throw cold water on;
: 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)
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