Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “discourage”

See all translations

discourage

verb [T]  /dɪˈskɜr·ɪdʒ, -ˈskʌr-/ us  

discourage verb [T] (MAKE LESS CONFIDENT)

to cause someone to feel less confident or less hopeful: She sometimes got discouraged about her social life, which was going nowhere, she felt.

discourage verb [T] (PREVENT)

to try to prevent something from happening or someone from doing something, or to have the effect of making something less likely: We tried to discourage him from spending so much money. Higher taxes could discourage business investment. The tough competition discourages many athletes from making a serious attempt to make the Olympic team.
(Definition of discourage from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of discourage?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “discourage” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

beginner's luck

unexpected success experienced by a person who is just starting a particular activity

Word of the Day

Think long and hard; the language of decisions

by Liz Walter,
January 28, 2015
One of the best ways (perhaps the best way) to improve your English is to learn how words go together in phrases, idioms, or other patterns such as verb/noun or adjective/noun pairs (often called ‘collocations’). This blog looks at some useful phrases and collocations connected with the subject of decisions, something we

Read More 

micro pig noun

January 26, 2015
an extremely small pig, bred to be a pet Micro pigs have become popular pets recently, with famous owners including Victoria Beckham, Paris Hilton and Olympic diver, Tom Daley.

Read More