- 1to try to prevent something or to prevent somebody 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.
- 2to make somebody 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 Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French descouragier, from des- (expressing reversal) + corage
BrE BrE//dɪsˈkʌrɪdʒ//; NAmE NAmE//dɪsˈkɜːrɪdʒ//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they discourage
BrE BrE//dɪsˈkʌrɪdʒ//; NAmE NAmE//dɪsˈkɜːrɪdʒ//he / she / it discourages
BrE BrE//dɪsˈkʌrɪdʒɪz//; NAmE NAmE//dɪsˈkɜːrɪdʒɪz//past simple discouraged
BrE BrE//dɪsˈkʌrɪdʒd//; NAmE NAmE//dɪsˈkɜːrɪdʒd//past participle discouraged
BrE BrE//dɪsˈkʌrɪdʒd//; NAmE NAmE//dɪsˈkɜːrɪdʒd//-ing form discouraging
BrE BrE//dɪsˈkʌrɪdʒɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//dɪsˈkɜːrɪdʒɪŋ//