discourage

  • 1 discourage — vb 1 Discourage, dishearten, dispirit, deject mean to weaken in qualities that maintain interest, zeal, activity, or power to continue or to resist. Discourage implies not only the loss of courage and confidence but the entrance of fear and the… …

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  • 2 discourage — [v1] dishearten, dispirit abash, afflict, alarm, appall, awe, beat down, bother, break one’s heart*, bully, cast down, chill, confuse, cow, dampen, dash, daunt, deject, demoralize, deprecate, depress, dismay, disparage, distress, droop, frighten …

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  • 3 discourage — ► VERB 1) cause a loss of confidence or enthusiasm in. 2) prevent or try to prevent by showing disapproval or creating difficulties. 3) (discourage from) persuade (someone) against (an action). DERIVATIVES discouragement noun discouraging… …

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  • 4 Discourage — Dis*cour age, n. Lack of courage; cowardliness. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 5 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

  • 6 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,… …

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  • 7 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 …

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  • 8 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… …

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  • 9 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

  • 10 discourage — dis|cour|age [dısˈkʌrıdʒ US ˈkə:r ] v [T] 1.) to persuade someone not to do something, especially by making it seem difficult or bad ≠ ↑encourage ▪ attempts to discourage illegal immigration discourage sb from doing sth ▪ My father is a lawyer,… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 11 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… …

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  • 12 discourage — /dɪsˈkʌrɪdʒ / (say dis kurij) verb (t) (discouraged, discouraging) 1. to deprive of courage; dishearten; dispirit. 2. to obstruct by opposition or difficulty; hinder: low prices discourage industry; *They … put oil round the bricks to keep out… …

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  • 13 discourage — discourager, n. discourageable, adj. discouragingly, adv. /di skerr ij, skur /, v., discouraged, discouraging. v.t. 1. to deprive of courage, hope, or confidence; dishearten; dispirit. 2. to dissuade (usually fol. by from) …

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  • 14 discourage — dis|cour|age [ dıs kʌrıdʒ ] verb transitive * 1. ) to try to prevent something from happening, especially because you do not approve of it or think it is harmful: measures to discourage the use of cars in cities discourage someone from doing… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 15 discourage — [[t]dɪskʌ̱rɪʤ, AM kɜ͟ːr [/t]] discourages, discouraging, discouraged 1) VERB If someone or something discourages you, they cause you to lose your enthusiasm about your actions. [V n] It may be difficult to do at first. Don t let this discourage… …

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  • 16 discourage — verb ADVERB ▪ actively, positively (esp. BrE), strongly ▪ Smoking is actively discouraged in the university. ▪ effectively ▪ Our system effectively discourages investment …

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  • 17 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 ; …

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  • 18 discourage — v. (D; tr.) to discourage from * * * [dɪs kʌrɪdʒ] (D; tr.) to discourage from …

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  • 19 discourage — verb (T) 1 to prevent or try to prevent someone from doing something by making the action difficult or unpleasant, or by showing them that it would not be a good thing to do: You should install locks on all your windows to discourage burglars. |… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 20 discourage — verb 1) we want to discourage children from smoking Syn: deter from, dissuade from, disincline from, put off, talk out of; advise against, urge against; archaic discountenance from Ant: encourage 2) she was discouraged by his hostile tone …

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