To make less hopeful or enthusiastic
To persuade (a person) not to do something
"I just need to discourage them both from coming," he said.
He had only said that because he was trying to discourage her from prying into his business.
Others say poor nations need to develop free markets in agriculture and strongly discourage government intervention.
Friends tried to discourage this tendency, fearing lest it would lead to disappointment.
Though kind to his students, he refused to remit their fees, as this, he thought, would discourage independence.