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English definition of “discourage”


/dɪˈskʌrɪdʒ/ (discouraging, discouraged)
to try to persuade someone to stop doing something: a campaign to discourage people from smoking
to make someone less confident or enthusiastic about something: The thought of how much work she had to do discouraged her.
(Definition of discourage from the Cambridge Essential Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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