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To begin your search, go to the alphabetical index below and click on the first letter of the word you are searching for.

discourage from, discouraged about, discouraged at, discouraged by, discouraged over

To discourage people from doing something is to convince them not to act; in this case, from is the usual preposition. If people lack confidence or enthusiasm, they are discouraged about, at, by or over their situation. These four prepositions are used interchangeably.

  • You cannot discourage me from camping at Tofino this weekend, no matter how much you try!
  • Ahmed was discouraged at the result of his day’s fishing.
  • Parents are often more discouraged by poor test scores than the students themselves.