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"discourage" in British English

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discourageverb [T]

uk   /dɪˈskʌr.ɪdʒ/ us   /dɪˈskɝː.ɪdʒ/
  • 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   /dɪˈskʌr.ɪ.dʒɪŋ/ us   /dɪˈskɝː.ɪ.dʒɪŋ/
discouraging results
(Definition of discourage from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"discourage" in American English

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discourageverb [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.
(Definition of discourage from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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“discourage” in American English

Avoiding common errors with the word enough.
Avoiding common errors with the word enough.
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by Liz Walter Enough is a very common word, but it is easy to make mistakes with it. You need to be careful about its position in a sentence, and the prepositions or verb patterns that come after it. I’ll start with the position of enough in the sentence. When we use it with a noun,

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