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Definition of discourage verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    discourage

     verb
    verb
    NAmE//dɪˈskərɪdʒ//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they discourage
     
    he / she / it discourages
     
    past simple discouraged
     
    -ing form discouraging
     
     
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  1. 1to try to prevent something or to prevent someone from doing something, especially by making it difficult to do or by showing that you do not approve of it discourage (doing) something a campaign to discourage smoking among teenagers discourage somebody I leave a light on when I'm out to discourage burglars. discourage somebody from doing something His parents tried to discourage him from being an actor.
  2. 2to make someone feel less confident or enthusiastic about doing something synonym dishearten discourage somebody Don't be discouraged by the first failure—try again! discourage somebody from doing something The weather discouraged people from attending. opposite encourage
discouraged
 
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adjective [not usually before noun] Learners can feel very discouraged if an exercise is too difficult.
discouraging
 
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adjective a discouraging experience/response/result
discouragingly
 
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adverb
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: discourage