discourage
transitive verb (-aged; -aging) Etymology: Middle English discoragen, from Middle French descorager, from Old French descoragier, from des- dis- + corage courage Date: 15th century 1. to deprive of courage or confidence ; dishearten <
was discouraged by repeated failure
>
2. a. to hinder by disfavoring <
trying to discourage absenteeism
>
b. to dissuade or attempt to dissuade from doing something <
tried to discourage her from going
>
discourageable adjectivediscourager noundiscouragingly adverb

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  • Discourage — Dis*cour age, n. Lack of courage; cowardliness. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Discourage — Dis*cour age (?; 48), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Discouraged}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Discouraging}.] [Pref. dis + courage: cf. OF. descoragier, F. d[ e]courager: pref. des (L. dis ) + corage, F. courage. See {Courage}.] 1. To extinguish the courage of; to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • discourage — I verb advise against, affright, animum frangere, argue against, avert, cast down, cause discontent, cause dislike, cause doubt, caution, contraindicate, convince to the contrary, dampen, daunt, deflect, dehort, deject, demoralize, deprecate,… …   Law dictionary

  • discourage — mid 15c., discoragen, from M.Fr. descourager, from O.Fr. descoragier, from des away (see DIS (Cf. dis )) + corage (see COURAGE (Cf. courage)). Related: Discouraged; discouragement; discouraging …   Etymology dictionary

  • discourage — [di skʉr′ij] vt. discouraged, discouraging [ME discoragen < OFr descoragier: see DIS & COURAGE] 1. to deprive of courage, hope, or confidence; dishearten 2. to advise or persuade (a person) to refrain 3. to prevent or try to prevent by… …   English World dictionary

  • discourage — 01. Her parents tried to [discourage] her from marrying him, but she just ignored them. 02. He became totally [discouraged] after he failed his course a second time. 03. High interest rates are a serious [discouragement] to buying a house these… …   Grammatical examples in English

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  • discourage */ — UK [dɪsˈkʌrɪdʒ] / US verb [transitive] Word forms discourage : present tense I/you/we/they discourage he/she/it discourages present participle discouraging past tense discouraged past participle discouraged 1) to try to prevent something from… …   English dictionary

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