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discourage

verb

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1 to lessen the courage or confidence of
  • I didn't let losing discourage me from trying again

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2 to steer (a person) from an activity or course of action
  • the higher fines may help discourage drivers from speeding on the highway

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The first known use of discourage was in the 15th century

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“Discourage.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/discourage. Accessed 30 Sep. 2022.

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