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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"

Wiktionary

  1. discourageverb

    To take away or reduce the courage of.

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

  2. discourageverb

    To persuade somebody not to do something.

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

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

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

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Numerology

  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. James Post:

    It was sincerely never my intention to discourage anyone's access to their elected officials. I now understand how my poor choice of words may have led a few attendees to draw this conclusion and I offer my humble apology for causing any undue strain on the command and its mission.

  2. James Post:

    The objective of my comment was simply meant to focus the attention of the audience on working within the command's constraints, it was sincerely never my intention to discourage anyone's access to their elected officials. I now understand how my poor choice of words may have led a few attendees to draw this conclusion and I offer my humble apology for causing any undue strain on the command and its mission.

  3. Ivy Choi:

    Our Community Guidelines prohibit content misleading viewers about voting, for example content aiming to mislead voters about the time, place, means or eligibility requirements for voting, or false claims that could materially discourage voting. The content of this video doesn't rise to that level.

  4. Calvin Coolidge:

    If I had permitted my failures, or what seemed to me at the time a lack of success, to discourage me I cannot see any way in which I would ever have made progress.

  5. Samuel Johnson:

    Do not discourage your children from hoarding, if they have a taste to it; whoever lays up his penny rather than part with it for a cake, at least is not the slave of gross appetite; and shows besides a preference always to be esteemed, of the future to the present moment.

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Translations for discourage

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  • 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
  • กีดกันThai

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