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.

  1. (v.t.)to deprive of courage, hope, or confidence; dispirit.

  2. to dissuade (usu. fol. by from).

  3. to obstruct by opposition or difficulty; hinder.

  4. to express disapproval of; frown upon.

  5. (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


Princeton's WordNet

  1. deter, discourage(verb)

    try to prevent; show opposition to

    "We should discourage this practice among our youth"

  2. discourage(verb)

    deprive of courage or hope; take away hope from; cause to feel discouraged

  3. 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

  1. discourage(verb)ɪˈskɜr ɪdʒ, -ˈskʌr-

    ≠ encourage

    punishments to discourage bad behavior; to discourage them from coming

  2. discourageɪˈskɜr ɪdʒ, -ˈskʌr-

    to make sb feel less confident; = dishearten

    The failures had discouraged him.


  1. discourage(Verb)

    To take away or reduce the courage of.

  2. discourage(Verb)

    To persuade somebody not to do something.

    Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can (Abraham Lincoln )

  3. Origin: From descourager (modern French décourager), from descouragier, from des- and corage. Surface analysis .

Webster Dictionary

  1. Discourage(verb)

    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

  2. Discourage(verb)

    to dishearten one with respect to; to discountenance; to seek to check by disfavoring; to deter one from; as, they discouraged his efforts

  3. Discourage(noun)

    lack of courage; cowardliness

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'discourage' in Verbs Frequency: #1033

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to take away the confidence, hope etc of

His lack of success discouraged him.

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