What are some opposite words for encourage?

Antonyms for encourage
ɛnˈkɜr ɪdʒ, -ˈkʌr-

This page is about all possible antonyms and opposite words for the term encourage.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. promote, advance, boost, further, encourage(verb)

    contribute to the progress or growth of

    "I am promoting the use of computers in the classroom"

    Antonyms:
    discourage

    Synonyms:
    throw out, supercharge, bring forward, come along, pass on, get along, win, elevate, kick upstairs, progress, advertize, come on, make headway, advance, upgrade, hike, hike up, gain, pull ahead, foster, promote, boost, go on, gain ground, raise, advertise, move on, get on, shape up, further, push, set ahead, march on, get ahead

  2. encourage(verb)

    inspire with confidence; give hope or courage to

    Antonyms:
    discourage

    Synonyms:
    boost, advance, promote, further

  3. encourage(verb)

    spur on

    "His financial success encouraged him to look for a wife"

    Antonyms:
    discourage

    Synonyms:
    boost, advance, promote, further

Wiktionary

  1. encourage(verb)

    Antonyms:
    discourage

  2. encourage(verb)

    I encouraged him during his race.

    Antonyms:
    discourage

  3. encourage(verb)

    We encourage the use of bicycles in the town centre.

    Antonyms:
    discourage

  4. encourage(verb)

    The royal family has always encouraged the arts in word and deed

    Antonyms:
    discourage

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. encourage

    Abet and instigate are now used almost without exception in a bad sense; one may incite either to good or evil. One incites or instigates to the doing of something not yet done, or to increased activity or further advance in the doing of it; one abets by giving sympathy, countenance, or substantial aid to the doing of that which is already projected or in process of commission. Abet and instigate apply either to persons or actions, incite to persons only; one incites a person to an action. A clergyman will advocate the claims of justice, aid the poor, encourage the despondent, support the weak, uphold the constituted authorities; but he will not incite to a quarrel, instigate a riot, or abet a crime. The originator of a crime often instigates or incites others to abet him in it, or one may instigate or incite others to a crime in the commission of which he himself takes no active part. Compare HELP.

    Antonyms:
    baffle, confound, counteract, denounce, deter, disapprove, disconcert, discourage, dissuade, expose, frustrate, hinder, impede, obstruct

    Synonyms:
    abet, advocate, aid, assist, countenance, embolden, incite, instigate, promote, sanction, support, uphold

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. encourage

    Antonyms:
    deter, discourage, dissuade, dispirit

    Synonyms:
    embolden, rally, enhearten, cheer, incite, stimulate, foster, cherish, promote, urge, impel, advance, countenance, forward, reassure, animate, inspirit, prompt, abet

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. encourage(v)

    Synonyms:
    enhearten, reassure, embolden, inspirit, stimulate, revive, rally, foment, countenance, incite

Editors Contribution

  1. criticism

    give support, confidence, or hope to (someone).

    we were encouraged by the success of this venture

    Submitted by acronimous on September 24, 2015  

How to use encourage in a sentence?

  1. Norma Torres:

    I see this as a signal from the USCISthat they recognize that American lives potentially are at risk due to this public charge rule, we have to encourage people to come forward. I want to make sure that everyone in the household that might have been in contact with somebody that hasbeen infected with coronavirus is able to get tested and get treatment.

  2. Al Bochi:

    We encourage at least 20 minutes per meal, i understand that can be hard for a lot of people to implement, but start small. Turn off the TV, put away the cell phone, focus on meaningful conversations, chew slowly and pause between bites. That could be the start to your mindful eating journey.

  3. Ed Harbour:

    This is the main hub for tech in New York and we thrive on the talent here, we thrive on the universities that encourage innovation. Cooper Union is here, New York University is here, Columbia is way up the street, but Cooper Union’s here. Cooper Union’s Cooper Union.

  4. The Commission:

    The large volume of international maritime trade passing through that area means that freedom of navigation and over flight are of prime importance to the EU, the EU should encourage China to contribute constructively to regional stability ... and support for the rules-based international order.

  5. Jeff Sessions:

    Congress has passed several statutes that provide the Department with the ability to seek capital punishment for certain drug-related crimes, i strongly encourage federal prosecutors to use these statutes, when appropriate, to aid in our continuing fight against drug trafficking and the destruction it causes in our nation.

How to pronounce encourage?

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How to say encourage in sign language?

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Words popularity by usage frequency

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#12366expose
#18159deter
#20138discourage
#22854hinder
#29400impede
#31947disapprove
#36830counteract
#39730obstruct
#40292denounce
#41205baffle
#49040frustrate
#59581confound
#63455dissuade
#311709disconcert

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