Definitions for discouragedɪˈskɜr ɪdʒ, -ˈskʌr-

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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"


  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

Translations for discourage

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • обезсърчавам, разубеждавам, обезкуражавамBulgarian
  • vzít odvahu, odradit, zastrašitCzech
  • abbringen von, abraten von, abschrecken, entmutigen, abratenGerman
  • αποκαρδιώνωGreek
  • persuadir, acobardar, desalentar, descorazonarSpanish
  • lannistaa, taivutella, luopumaan, nujertaaFinnish
  • décourager, dissuaderFrench
  • scoraggiareItalian
  • 落胆, がっかり, 思いとどませるJapanese
  • whakapāhunuMāori
  • обесхрабрува, одвраќаMacedonian
  • afraden om, ontraden, ontmoedigenDutch
  • zniechęcaćPolish
  • desalentar, desencorajar, despersuadir, desanimar, dissuadirPortuguese
  • descurajaRomanian
  • отговаривать, отговорить, разубедить, расхолодить, обескуражить, разубеждать, расхолаживать, обескураживатьRussian
  • discourageSwedish
  • నిరుత్సాహపరుచుTelugu

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