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Verb: discourage  dis'kur-ij or dis'kú-rij [N. Amer], dis'kú-rij [Brit]
  1. Try to prevent; show opposition to
    "We should discourage this practice among our youth";
    - deter
  2. Deprive of courage or hope; take away hope from; cause to feel discouraged
    - frustrate
  3. Advise or counsel in terms of someone's behaviour
    - warn, admonish

Derived forms: discouraging, discourages, discouraged

Type of: advise, counsel, disapprove, rede [archaic], reject

Antonym: encourage

Encyclopedia: Discourage