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discourageverb [T]

uk   /dɪˈskʌr.ɪdʒ/  us   /-ˈskɝː-/

discourage verb [T] (MAKE LESS CONFIDENT)

B2 to make someone feel less confident, enthusiastic, and positive about something, or less willing to do something: The thought of how much work she had to do discouraged her.
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discourage verb [T] (PREVENT)

B2 to prevent or try to prevent something happening or someone doing something, by making things difficult or unpleasant, or by showing disapproval: a campaign to discourage people from smoking The authorities have put tanks on the streets to discourage any protest.
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discouraging
adjective uk   us   /-ɪ.dʒɪŋ/
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