Definition of demotivate in English:

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Pronunciation: /diːˈməʊtɪveɪt/


[with object]
Make (someone) less eager to work or study: some children disrupt classes and demotivate other pupils
More example sentences
  • He said in Chipata yesterday that the poor state of schools had demotivated both teachers and pupils in the area which had led to high illiteracy levels.
  • In addition, scarce opportunities for employment in the formal sector of the economy, especially in rural areas, may demotivate families and pupils from investing resources and time in formal schooling.
  • Too many times have I seen the lack of jobs demotivating young people.



Pronunciation: /diːməʊtɪˈveɪʃ(ə)n/
Example sentences
  • Partly that's because I've been ill with the accompanying demotivation that that brings but there's the usual problem of there not, apparently, being anything new happening that I've seen.
  • He said that after a series of visits to different parts of the province he was particularly struck by the extent of demotivation and disillusionment among members.
  • Students have a right to decent tuition and recognise that the disparity in pay leads not only to demotivation, but will ultimately force the best lecturers away from the sector.

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