Meaning of "discourage" in Essential English Dictionary


verb uk /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)