• (RP) IPA: /dɪsˈkʌɹɪd͡ʒ/
  • (GA) IPA: /dɪsˈkɝɪd͡ʒ/

discourage (discourages, present participle discouraging; past and past participle discouraged) (transitive)

  1. (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.
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, Colossians 3:21 ↗:
      Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged.
  2. (transitive) To persuade somebody not to do (something).
    • Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can.
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discourage (uncountable)

  1. (rare) Lack of courage

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