discourageverb [T]uk /dɪˈskʌr.ɪdʒ/ us /dɪˈskɝː.ɪdʒ/
discourage verb [T] (MAKE LESS CONFIDENT)
discourage verb [T] (PREVENT)
- We need tougher penalties to discourage miscreants.
- Leaving an outside light on after dark can discourage a potential burglar.
- Police fired rubber bullets to disperse the crowds and to discourage looters who ransacked shops and set fire to cars.
- A new campaign is aimed at discouraging children from watching too much television.
- The shop employs uniformed security guards to discourage shoplifters.