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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


Synonymsdeter


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


Antonymsencourage

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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