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discourage

verb [T] (PREVENT)    /dɪˈskʌr.ɪdʒ/ US  /-ˈskɝː-/
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 smok ing The authorities have put tanks on the streets to discourage any protest . → Opposite encouragePreventing and impedingLimiting and restricting discouraging     /-ɪ.dʒɪŋ/ adjective discouraging results Discouraging and putting off
(Definition of discourage verb (PREVENT) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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