What does the word discourage mean?

Usage examples for discourage

  1. She did not wish to discourage him, but she could not altogether keep her thoughts from her face. – The Grain Of Dust A Novel by David Graham Phillips
  2. And would you discourage football because it introduces the idea of competition? – A Dominie in Doubt by A. S. Neill
  3. Since all the high- grade coal of the Pacific coast must come from the East, who, then, would discourage the opening of local fields but those very interests? – The Iron Trail by Rex Beach