discourage (discourages, present participle discouraging; past and past participle discouraged) (transitive)
- (transitive) To extinguish the courage of; to dishearten; to depress the spirits of; to deprive of confidence; to deject.
- Don't be discouraged by the amount of work left to do: you'll finish it in good time.
- (transitive) To persuade somebody not to do (something).
- Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can.
- French: décourager
- German: entmutigen, abschrecken
- Portuguese: desencorajar, desanimar, desalentar
- Russian: обескура́живать
- Spanish: descorazonar acobardar
- French: dissuader
- German: abraten, abraten von, abbringen von
- Italian: scoraggiare
- Portuguese: despersuadir, dissuadir, desencorajar
- Russian: разубежда́ть
- Spanish: desalentar, persuadir, disuadir
- (rare) Lack of courage
- (lack of courage) cowardliness