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Meaning of “discourage” in the English Dictionary

"discourage" in British English

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discourageverb [T]

uk   /dɪˈskʌr.ɪdʒ/  us   /-ˈskɝː-/
  • 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.
Opposite

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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 ​showingdisapproval: a ​campaign to discourage ​people from smoking The ​authorities have put ​tanks on the ​streets to discourage any ​protest.
Opposite

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discouraging
adjective uk   us   /-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 ​sociallife, 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 ​businessinvestment. The ​toughcompetition discourages many ​athletes from making a ​seriousattempt to make the ​Olympicteam.
(Definition of discourage from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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