Meaning of “discourage” - Learner’s Dictionary

discourage

verb uk us /dɪˈskʌrɪdʒ/
discourage sb from doing sth

B2 to try to persuade someone not to do something:

a campaign to discourage people from smoking
PREVENT [ T ]

to try to prevent something from happening:

a campaign to discourage smoking
LESS CONFIDENT [ T ]

B2 to make someone less confident or enthusiastic about something:

I didn't mean to discourage her.
discouragement noun [ U ]
→ Opposite encourage

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