[ UK /dɪskˈʌɹɪd‍ʒ/ ]
[ US /dɪˈskɝɪdʒ/ ]
  1. deprive of courage or hope; take away hope from; cause to feel discouraged
  2. try to prevent; show opposition to
    We should discourage this practice among our youth
  3. advise or counsel in terms of someone's behavior
    She warned him to be quiet
    I warn you against false assumptions
    I warned him not to go too far
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How To Use discourage In A Sentence

  • Often the parent feels helpless and very discouraged and may also give up on the child which reinforces the child's feelings of inadequacy and may cause the child to retreat or regress further.
  • Interest rates would then rise as the central bank increased its discount rate to discourage borrowing and the demands for legal tender.
  • Environmental health officers hope the cotes will keep pigeons off the streets and discourage them from feeding on waste food and titbits offered by tourists.
  • These two transaction costs discourage foreign investment and borrowing. International Finance: The markets and financial management of multinational business.
  • Profoundly discouraged, we ride on after this in mournful silence. Untrodden Peaks and Unfrequented Valleys
  • The new building would be designed with high security measures in a bid to discourage damage.
  • Caps can be used anticompetitively - to discourage the use of services that rival an Internet service provider's in-house offerings. NYT > Home Page
  • When I wrote, imprecisely, that domestic subsidies for agricultural commodities are equivalent to protective tariffs, I was groping at the notion that in both cases (1) domestic consumers/taxpayers pay a premium above the world price and (2) that foreign producers are discouraged from entering the domestic market. The Case for Free Trade, Arnold Kling | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty
  • According to Lawrence Will, ‘floods and freezes, wild hogs and coons, muck fires, gnats and mosquitoes, slow transportation and greedy New York buyers, all these discouraged many.’
  • It completed her expression; it was as a very halo of Yankee saintship crowning the woman who in despite of poverty and every discouragement had always hated, to the very roots of her hair, anything like what she called a "sozzle;" who had always been screwed up and sharp set to hard work. A Summer in Leslie Goldthwaite's Life.
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