Definition of “daunt” - English Dictionary

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dauntverb [ T ]

us /dɔnt, dɑnt/

to make someone feel slightly frightened or worried about his or her ability to achieve something; to discourage:

She’s not at all daunted by criticism.
daunting
adjective us /ˈdɔn·tɪŋ, ˈdɑn-/

Reforming the welfare system is a daunting task.

(Definition of “daunt” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)