- 1Cause (someone) to lose confidence or enthusiasm: tedious regulations could discourage investorsMore example sentences
dishearten, dispirit, demoralize, make despondent, make downhearted, cast down, depress, disappoint, dampen someone's hopes, dash someone's hopes, cause to lose heart; put off, unnerve, daunt, intimidate, cow, unman, crush• archaic dejectdisheartened, dispirited, demoralized, deflated, disappointed, let down, disconsolate, despondent, fed up, dejected, cast down, downcast, depressed, crestfallen, dismayed, low-spirited, gloomy, glum, pessimistic, unenthusiastic, having lost heart, lacking in enthusiasm, lacking in confidence, unconfident; put off, daunted, intimidated, cowed, crushed• archaic chap-fallendepressing, demoralizing, disheartening, dispiriting, disappointing, gloomy, off-putting; unfavourable, unpromising, not hopeful, not encouraging, unpropitious, inauspicious• archaic dejecting
- Research also indicates that negative school experiences can discourage students from teaching careers.
- The reality facing higher education right now is that the prospect of debt is discouraging many students from poorer homes from considering going to university at all.
- But, along with these charges, the overall cost does discourage poor patients from undergoing advanced treatment.
- 1.1Prevent or try to prevent (something) by showing disapproval or creating difficulties: the plan is designed to discourage the use of private carsMore example sentences
- Lynne and her colleagues place a higher priority on preventive actions to discourage bad behaviour and crime.
- He added that fares will be clearly posted on each vehicle in order to prevent confusion and discourage mischievous behavior of drivers.
- Traditionally, the meat was rubbed with powdered ginger and pepper during hanging to discourage flies and prevent tainting.
- 1.2Persuade (someone) against an action: we want to discourage children from smokingMore example sentences
- A combination of persuasion and stiff fines may become necessary to discourage people from littering public places.
- A high would reflect a method of user removal that would be effective in scaring or otherwise discouraging new users from joining the network.
- Backbreaking work, all that stooping but I had been warned, even discouraged from going.
late Middle English: from Old French descouragier, from des- (expressing reversal) + corage 'courage'.