- [verb] try to prevent; show opposition to; "We should discourage this practice among our youth"
- [verb] deprive of courage or hope; take away hope from; cause to feel discouraged
- [verb] 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"
Synonyms: warn, admonish, monish
depress, deject, cast down, get down, dismay, dispirit, demoralize, demoralise
dishearten, put off
throw cold water on, pour cold water on