1. [ verb ] try to prevent; show opposition to
Synonyms: deter

: "We should discourage this practice among our youth"

Related terms: disapprove discouragement
2. [ verb ] deprive of courage or hope; take away hope from; cause to feel discouraged
Related terms: encourage thwart depress dishearten intimidate spoil pour_cold_water_on discouragement
3. [ verb ] admonish or counsel in terms of someone's behavior
Synonyms: warn admonish monish

"I warned him not to go too far" "I warn you against false assumptions" "She warned him to be quiet"

Related terms: advise warn admonition
Similar spelling:   discouraged