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Meaning of discourage

dis•cour•age

Pronunciation: (di-skûr'ij, -skur'-), [key]
— v., -aged, -ag•ing.
—v.t.
  1. to deprive of courage, hope, or confidence; dishearten; dispirit.
  2. to dissuade (usually fol. by from).
  3. to obstruct by opposition or difficulty; hinder: Low prices discourage industry.
  4. to express or make clear disapproval of; frown upon: to discourage the expression of enthusiasm.
—v.i.
  1. to become discouraged: a person who discourages easily.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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