Antonyms of verb discourage

1 of 3 senses of discourage

Sense 2
discourage -- (deprive of courage or hope; take away hope from; cause to feel discouraged)
       Antonym of encourage (Sense 2)
      => encourage -- (inspire with confidence; give hope or courage to)

Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb discourage

3 senses of discourage

Sense 1
deter, discourage -- (try to prevent; show opposition to; "We should discourage this practice among our youth")
       => disapprove, reject -- (deem wrong or inappropriate; "I disapprove of her child rearing methods")

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

Sense 3
warn, discourage, admonish, monish -- (admonish or counsel in terms of someone's behavior; "I warned him not to go too far"; "I warn you against false assumptions"; "She warned him to be quiet")
       => rede, advise, counsel -- (give advice to; "The teacher counsels troubled students"; "The lawyer counselled me when I was accused of tax fraud")

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