1 try to prevent; show opposition to; "We should discourage this practice among our youth" [syn: deter]
2 deprive of courage or hope; take away hope from; cause to feel discouraged [ant: encourage]
3 admonish or counsel in terms of someone's behavior; "I warned him not to go too far"; "I warn you against false assumptions"; "She warned him to be quiet" [syn: warn, admonish, monish]
EtymologyFrom descourager (modern: décourager), from descouragier, from des- and corage ().
To take away or reduce the courage of
To persuade somebody not to do something
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