Meaning of “discourage” in the English Dictionary

"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/

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(Definition of “discourage” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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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)