An example of to discourage is to tell someone all the reasons why they should not buy a new car.
- 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 of discourageMiddle English discoragen ; from Old French descoragier: see dis- and amp; courage
transitive verbdis·cour·aged, dis·cour·ag·ing, dis·cour·ag·es
- To deprive of confidence, hope, or spirit: Making so little progress after so much effort discouraged us.
- To dissuade or deter (someone) from doing something: My adviser discouraged me from applying to big universities.
- To try to prevent by expressing disapproval or raising objections: The agency discouraged all travel to the areas hardest hit by the disease.
Origin of discourageMiddle English discoragen, from Old French descoragier : des-, dis- + corage, courage; see courage.
(third-person singular simple present discourages, present participle discouraging, simple past and past participle discouraged)
From Middle French descourager (modern French décourager), from Old French descouragier, from des- and corage. Surface analysis dis- + courage.