What does discourage mean?

Definitions for discouragedɪˈskɜr ɪdʒ, -ˈskʌr-

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

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

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.]

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

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


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. William Ellery Channing:

    Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage.

  2. Steady Kangata:

    We need to be vigilant and discourage people who start fires willy nilly.

  3. Plato:

    Never discourage anyone...who continually makes progress, no matter how slow.

  4. Richard L. Evans:

    Don't let life discourage you everyone who got where he is had to begin where he was.

  5. William Ellery Channing:

    Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict.

Images & Illustrations of discourage

  1. discouragediscouragediscourage

Translations for discourage

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • تثبيطArabic
  • 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
  • mengecilkan hatiIndonesian
  • scoraggiareItalian
  • לדכאHebrew
  • 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
  • ஊக்கம்Tamil
  • నిరుత్సాహపరుచుTelugu

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