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English verb: discourage

1. discourage (communication) try to prevent; show opposition to

SamplesWe should discourage this practice among our youth.

ExamplesThey discourage him from writing the letter


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)disapprove, reject

2. discourage (emotion) deprive of courage or hope; take away hope from; cause to feel discouraged

ExamplesThe bad news will discourage him

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody

Narrower (hyponym)cast down, deject, demoralise, demoralize, depress, dishearten, dismay, dispirit, get down, intimidate, pour cold water on, put off, restrain, throw cold water on


3. discourage (communication) admonish or counsel in terms of someone's behavior

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

ExamplesSam cannot discourage Sue , They discourage him from writing the letter

Synonymsadmonish, monish, warn

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)advise, counsel, rede

Verb groupwarn

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