Definitions for discouragedɪˈskɜr ɪdʒ, -ˈskʌr-
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
dis•cour•age*dɪˈskɜr ɪdʒ, -ˈskʌr-(v.)-aged, -ag•ing.
(v.t.)to deprive of courage, hope, or confidence; dispirit.
to dissuade (usu. fol. by from).
to obstruct by opposition or difficulty; hinder.
to express disapproval of; frown upon.
(v.i.)to become discouraged.
Category: Common Vocabulary
* Syn: discourage , dismay , intimidate mean to dishearten or frighten a person so as to prevent some action. To discourage is to dishearten by expressing disapproval or by suggesting that a contemplated action will probably fail: He was discouraged from going into business. To dismay is to dishearten, shock, or bewilder by sudden difficulties or danger: a prosecutor dismayed by disclosures of new evidence. To intimidate is to deter by making timid: The prospect of making a speech intimidates me.
Origin of discourage:
1400–50; late ME discoragen < MF descorager, OF descoragier
try to prevent; show opposition to
"We should discourage this practice among our youth"
deprive of courage or hope; take away hope from; cause to feel discouraged
warn, discourage, admonish, monish(verb)
admonish or counsel in terms of someone's behavior
"I warned him not to go too far"; "I warn you against false assumptions"; "She warned him to be quiet"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
discourage(verb)ɪˈskɜr ɪdʒ, -ˈskʌr-
punishments to discourage bad behavior; to discourage them from coming
discourageɪˈskɜr ɪdʒ, -ˈskʌr-
to make sb feel less confident; = dishearten
The failures had discouraged him.
To take away or reduce the courage of.
To persuade somebody not to do something.
Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can (Abraham Lincoln )
Origin: From descourager (modern French décourager), from descouragier, from des- and corage. Surface analysis .
to extinguish the courage of; to dishearten; to depress the spirits of; to deprive of confidence; to deject; -- the opposite of encourage; as, he was discouraged in his undertaking; he need not be discouraged from a like attempt
to dishearten one with respect to; to discountenance; to seek to check by disfavoring; to deter one from; as, they discouraged his efforts
lack of courage; cowardliness
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'discourage' in Verbs Frequency: #1033
Translations for discourage
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
to take away the confidence, hope etc of
His lack of success discouraged him.
- ontmoedig, afskrikAfrikaans
- يُثَبِّطُ العَزيمَهArabic
- desanimarPortuguese (BR)
- odradit, zbavit odvahyCzech
- tage modet fraDanish
- desanimar, desalentarSpanish
- (ära) heidutamaEstonian
- ناامید کردن؛ دلسرد کردنFarsi
- לְיָיאֵש, לְרַפּוֹת יְדֵי-Hebrew
- हतोत्साहित करनाHindi
- obeshrabriti, odvraćatiCroatian
- menurunkan semangatIndonesian
- draga kjarkútIcelandic
- 용기를 잃게 하다Korean
- atimti pasitikėjimą savimiLithuanian
- laupīt drosmi/cerībuLatvian
- ta motet fra, avskrekkeNorwegian
- ناامید کردن؛ دلسرد کردنPersian
- دلسرده كول، زړه ورتورول: ښه نه ګڼل: مخه نيول، بې جراً ته كولPashto
- a descurajaRomanian
- pogum vzetiSlovenian
- göra modfälldSwedish
- cesaretini kırmakTurkish
- 使洩氣Chinese (Trad.)
- знеохочувати, розхолоджуватиUkrainian
- ہمت پست کرناUrdu
- làm nhụt chíVietnamese
- 使泄气Chinese (Simp.)
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