Definitions of discourage

  1. To dishearten one with respect to; to discountenance; to seek to check by disfavoring; to deter one from; as, they discouraged his efforts. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. To depress; to deprive or lessen the courage of; dishearten; deter. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  4. To take away the courage of: to dishearten: to seek to check by showing disfavor to. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  5. To dishearten; repress by disfavor. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  6. deprive of courage or hope; take away hope from; cause to feel discouraged Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. To depress the spirits; to dishearten; to dissuade; to deter from. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  8. Lack of courage; cowardliness. Webster Dictionary DB

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Usage examples for discourage

  1. I am therefore, in the first place, to acknowledge, with all manner of gratitude, their civility, who were pleased to endure it with so much patience; to be weary with so much good- nature and silence; and not to explode an entertainment which was designed to please them, or discourage an author, whose misfortunes have once more brought him, against his will, upon the stage. – The Works Of John Dryden, Vol. 7 (of 18) The Duke of Guise; Albion and Albanius; Don Sebastian by John Dryden
  2. It is enough to discourage anybody. – Ted and the Telephone by Sara Ware Bassett