Meaning of discourage
Pronunciation: (di-skûr'ij, -skur'-), [key]
— v., -aged, -ag•ing.
- to deprive of courage, hope, or confidence; dishearten; dispirit.
- to dissuade (usually fol. by from).
- to obstruct by opposition or difficulty; hinder: Low prices discourage industry.
- to express or make clear disapproval of; frown upon: to discourage the expression of enthusiasm.
- to become discouraged: a person who discourages easily.
- discourage (Thesaurus)