What does discourage mean?

Definitions for discourage
dɪˈskɜr ɪdʒ, -ˈskʌr-dis·cour·age

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word discourage.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. deter, discourageverb

    try to prevent; show opposition to

    "We should discourage this practice among our youth"

  2. discourageverb

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

  3. warn, discourage, admonish, monishverb

    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. discourageverb

    To take away or reduce the courage of.

  2. discourageverb

    To persuade somebody not to do something.

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

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To DISCOURAGEverb

    Etymology: decourager, Fr. dis and courage.

    I might neither encourage the rebels insolence, nor discourage the protestants loyalty and patience. Charles I .

    The apostle with great zeal discourages too unreasonable a presumption. John Rogers, Serm.

    Wherefore discourage ye the heart of the children of Israel from going over into the land? Numb. xxxii. 7.

    You may keep your beauty and your health, unless you destroy them yourself, or discourage them to stay with you, by using them ill. William Temple, Miscell.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Discourageverb

    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. Discourageverb

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

  3. Discouragenoun

    lack of courage; cowardliness

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Discourage

    dis-kur′āj, v.t. to take away the courage of: to dishearten: to seek to check by showing disfavour to.—n. Discour′agement, act of discouraging: that which discourages: dejection.—p.adj. Discour′aging, disheartening, depressing.—adv. Discour′agingly. [O. Fr. descourager. See Courage.]

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  1. Verbs Frequency

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of discourage in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of discourage in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of discourage in a Sentence

  1. Marian Tupy:

    Some of the anti-capitalist impulse goes back to that hunter-gatherer mentality and not comprehending the complexity of the market economy, the complexity outpaced our ability to understand it. But even those who don’t understand markets should open their eyes and acknowledge its benefits : Worldwide, wherever economic freedom is allowed, millions of people have lifted themselves out of stoop labor and miserable poverty. Of course, not everyone can reap the benefits of markets. The sick, the mentally ill and other truly helpless people need a hand. But why assume government must provide that help ? Government does n’t do anything very well. Why not let private charity handle it ? I once assumed there was too much poverty for private charity to make much of a difference. But now I realize there is plenty of money, and private charity would do much more if government did n’t discourage it. When the welfare state took over poverty relief, it crowded out.

  2. Andy McKean:

    He sets, in my opinion, a poor example for the nation and particularly for our children by personally insulting -- often in a crude and juvenile fashion -- those who disagree with him, being a bully at a time when we we are attempting to discourage bullying, his frequent disregard for the truth and his willingness to ridicule or marginalize people for their appearance, ethnicity or disability.

  3. Emeasoba George:

    Are you being or have you been discouraged by your age? If Yes, then it's high time you've got to refuse to be discouraged by it. For, your age shouldn't discourage you from pursuing/going after/achieving a new dream/vision/aspiration.

  4. Timothy Heath:

    The Russian intention may have been to discourage America's Asian allies from working closely with the United States in other parts of the world that could affect Russian interests.

  5. Vice President Harris:

    Do not come. Do not come, the United States will continue to enforce our laws and secure our border. There are legal methods by which migration can and should occur, but we, as one of our priorities, will discourage illegal migration. And I believe if you come to our border, you will be turned back.

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  • تثبيطArabic
  • разубеждавам, обезсърчавам, обезкуражавамBulgarian
  • vzít odvahu, odradit, zastrašitCzech
  • entmutigen, abschrecken, abraten von, abraten, abbringen vonGerman
  • αποκαρδιώνωGreek
  • persuadir, descorazonar, acobardar, desalentarSpanish
  • lannistaa, luopumaan, nujertaa, taivutellaFinnish
  • dissuader, découragerFrench
  • mengecilkan hatiIndonesian
  • scoraggiareItalian
  • לדכאHebrew
  • 思いとどませる, 落胆, がっかりJapanese
  • whakapāhunuMāori
  • одвраќа, обесхрабруваMacedonian
  • afraden om, ontmoedigen, ontradenDutch
  • zniechęcaćPolish
  • desalentar, desencorajar, despersuadir, desanimar, dissuadirPortuguese
  • descurajaRomanian
  • расхолаживать, отговаривать, отговорить, разубедить, расхолодить, обескуражить, разубеждать, обескураживатьRussian
  • discourageSwedish
  • ஊக்கம்Tamil
  • నిరుత్సాహపరుచుTelugu
  • กีดกันThai

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