—v.t. 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.
—v.i. to become discouraged: a person who discourages easily.