Discourage meaning

dĭ-skûrĭj, -skŭr-
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.

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To deprive of confidence, hope, or spirit.

Making so little progress after so much effort discouraged us.

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To dissuade or deter (someone) from doing something.

My adviser discouraged me from applying to big universities.

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To try to prevent by expressing disapproval or raising objections.

The agency discouraged all travel to the areas hardest hit by the disease.

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To extinguish the courage of; to dishearten; to depress the spirits of; to deprive of confidence; to deject.

Don't be discouraged by the amount of work left to do: you'll finish it in good time.

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To deprive of courage, hope, or confidence; dishearten.
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To advise or persuade (a person) to refrain.
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To prevent or try to prevent by disapproving or raising objections or obstacles.
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To become discouraged.
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To persuade somebody not to do something.
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Origin of discourage

  • Middle English discoragen from Old French descoragier des- dis- corage courage courage

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle French descourager (modern French décourager), from Old French descouragier, from des- and corage. Surface analysis dis- +‎ courage.

    From Wiktionary