Definition of demotivate in English:

demotivate

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Make (someone) less eager to work or study.

    ‘some children disrupt classes and demotivate pupils’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As Ms Ramatali observed, the commission's failures to promote qualified teachers to principals have demotivated teachers and deprived schools of management.’
    • ‘This sense of insecurity demotivates people, makes them reluctant to try new things and new ways.’
    • ‘Let us not think of motivating one group while forgetting that we are, at the same time demotivating another.’
    • ‘No amount of rhetoric, clever policies, threats, or even extra resources will improve a service if the staff are demotivated.’
    • ‘Lazily falling out of bed at eleven, it is strange to still be in complete darkness, and breakfast is a decidedly demotivating affair.’
    • ‘There is no particular reason to say the police are demotivated or have low morale.’
    • ‘Youth organisations are frustrated and staff are demotivated,’ he said.’
    • ‘The club's standing in the community enables it to encourage children who may otherwise feel demotivated by education and, as Wardle explains, football offers an ideal basis for teaching.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘We appeal to the government to look into the plight of its workers because delays in paying salaries demotivate them,’ he said.’
    • ‘Often students were profoundly demotivated by their perception that many clinical teachers had a low level of commitment to teaching, and this led to a repetitive cycle of non-attendance by students and teachers alike.’
    • ‘And we wonder why our health services have broken down, why nurses are in such short supply, why nurses are so demotivated…’
    • ‘Invariably it is our key workers we equip with mobile technology and it is important they do not become demotivated by it.’
    • ‘He wants to bring about changes and he's started them, so at this stage I don't want to demotivate him,’ he added.’
    • ‘Too many times have I seen the lack of jobs demotivating young people.’
    • ‘Nothing demotivates people like the equal treatment of unequals.’
    • ‘Exhausted, demotivated staff are not efficient.’
    • ‘I interview all the staff to find out exactly what is demotivating them and then come up with a plan of action to develop positive thinking amongst the workforce.’
    • ‘Parenting children is one of the toughest jobs a person will ever have, and being unemployed is one of the most demotivating experiences of one's life.’

Pronunciation:

demotivate

/dēˈmôo͝odəvāt/