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English definition of “discourage”

discourage

verb [T] (MAKE LESS CONFIDENT)    /dɪˈskʌr.ɪdʒ/ US  /-ˈskɝː-/
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. → Opposite encourageDiscouraging and putting off discouraging     /-ɪ.dʒɪŋ/ adjective discouraging resultsDiscouraging and putting off
(Definition of discourage verb (MAKE LESS CONFIDENT) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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