verb (used with object), dis·cour·aged, dis·cour·ag·ing.

  1. to deprive of courage, hope, or confidence; dishearten; dispirit.
  2. to dissuade (usually followed by from).
  3. to obstruct by opposition or difficulty; hinder: Low prices discourage industry.
  4. to express or make clear disapproval of; frown upon: to discourage the expression of enthusiasm.

verb (used without object), dis·cour·aged, dis·cour·ag·ing.

  1. to become discouraged: a person who discourages easily.

verb (tr)

  1. to deprive of the will to persist in something
  2. to inhibit; preventthis solution discourages rust
  3. to oppose by expressing disapproval

mid-15c., discoragen, from Middle French descourager, from Old French descoragier, from des- “away” (see dis-) + corage (see courage). Related: Discouraged; discouragement; discouraging.

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