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, and he discouraged me from entering the field.
2.) to make someone less confident or less willing to do something
≠ ↑encourage
You should not let one failure discourage you.
3.) to make something less likely to happen
≠ ↑encourage
Aspirin may discourage tumour growth in some types of cancer.
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HINT sense 1
Do not say 'discourage someone to do something'. Say discourage someone from doing something.
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Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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  • 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… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 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 …   New thesaurus

  • 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… …   English terms dictionary

  • 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

  • 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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