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)