Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “deter”

deter

verb [T]
 
 
/dɪˈtɜːr/ (-rr-)
to prevent someone from doing something or to make someone less enthusiastic about doing something: deter sb from doing sth High prices deter many young people from entering the property market. People said he was foolish to start his own business, but he didn't let that deter him.
(Definition of deter from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of deter?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “deter” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

sling

to throw or drop something carelessly

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More