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.
Origin and Etymology of discourage
Middle English discoragen, from Medieval 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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