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
The mission of the ECB explicitly discourages the practice, and more prosperous countries like Germany are going to be a hard sell for the purchase of Greek bonds and similar risky issues.
Complaint process Online information could discourage anyone from filing a complaint.
Trump slammed a union leader who criticized his deal to discourage air conditioner manufacturer Carrier Corp. from closing an Indiana factory and moving its jobs to Mexico.
The contentious nature of the race and Clinton’s high-profile defeat could even discourage other women from running for elected office in their own right.
People on the ground are not discouraged but aggravated.
If a host agrees to your request, Airbnb handles the payment, for a small slice of the pot, to discourage any scams as money changes hands.
Throughout much of the second half of the century, moreover, the government discouraged elaborate weddings.
There is no way to share the pain or accept relief, which has a way of driving away people and their best intentions, discouraged by the frustration of their uselessness.
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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 century
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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