discourage - definition and synonyms

verb [transitive] 

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present tense
present participlediscouraging
past tensediscouraged
past participlediscouraged
  1. 1
    to try to prevent something from happening, especially because you do not approve of it or think it is harmful

    measures to discourage the use of cars in cities

    discourage someone from doing something:

    We hope the bad weather won’t discourage people from coming along.

  2. 2
    to make someone feel less confident or hopeful

    What she said didn’t discourage me.