- To discourage is defined as to try to get someone not to do something.
An example of to discourage is to tell someone all the reasons why they should not buy a new car.
discourage definition by Webster's New World
- to deprive of courage, hope, or confidence; dishearten
- to advise or persuade (a person) to refrain
- to prevent or try to prevent by disapproving or raising objections or obstacles
Origin: Middle English discoragen ; from Old French descoragier: see dis- and amp; courage
discourage definition by American Heritage Dictionary
transitive verb dis·cour·aged, dis·cour·ag·ing, dis·cour·ag·es
- To deprive of confidence, hope, or spirit.
- To hamper by discouraging; deter.
- To try to prevent by expressing disapproval or raising objections.
Origin: Middle English discoragen, from Old French descoragier : des-, dis- + corage, courage; see courage.
- dis·courˈage·a·ble adjective
- dis·courˈag·er noun
- dis·courˈag·ing·ly adverb