Pronunciation: (di-skûr'ij, -skur'-), [key]
—v., -aged, -ag•ing.
1. to deprive of courage, hope, or confidence; dishearten; dispirit.
2. to dissuade (usually fol. by from).
3. to obstruct by opposition or difficulty; hinder: Low prices discourage industry.
4. to express or make clear disapproval of; frown upon: to discourage the expression of enthusiasm.
to become discouraged: a person who discourages easily.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.