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discourage

verb [T]  us   /dɪˈskɜr·ɪdʒ, -ˈskʌr-/

discourage verb [T] (MAKE LESS CONFIDENT)

to cause someone to feel less confident or less hopeful: She sometimes got discouraged about her social life, which was going nowhere, she felt.

discourage verb [T] (PREVENT)

to try to prevent something from happening or someone from doing something, or to have the effect of making something less likely: We tried to discourage him from spending so much money. Higher taxes could discourage business investment. The tough competition discourages many athletes from making a serious attempt to make the Olympic team.
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