Definition of demotivate in English:

demotivate

verb

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

    ‘some children disrupt classes and demotivate pupils’
    • ‘Youth organisations are frustrated and staff are demotivated,’ he said.’
    • ‘As Ms Ramatali observed, the commission's failures to promote qualified teachers to principals have demotivated teachers and deprived schools of management.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This sense of insecurity demotivates people, makes them reluctant to try new things and new ways.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There is no particular reason to say the police are demotivated or have low morale.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Too many times have I seen the lack of jobs demotivating young people.’
    • ‘Exhausted, demotivated staff are not efficient.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Lazily falling out of bed at eleven, it is strange to still be in complete darkness, and breakfast is a decidedly demotivating affair.’
    • ‘Invariably it is our key workers we equip with mobile technology and it is important they do not become demotivated by it.’
    • ‘‘We appeal to the government to look into the plight of its workers because delays in paying salaries demotivate them,’ he said.’
    • ‘And we wonder why our health services have broken down, why nurses are in such short supply, why nurses are so demotivated…’
    • ‘Nothing demotivates people like the equal treatment of unequals.’
    • ‘He wants to bring about changes and he's started them, so at this stage I don't want to demotivate him,’ he added.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘No amount of rhetoric, clever policies, threats, or even extra resources will improve a service if the staff are demotivated.’
    • ‘Let us not think of motivating one group while forgetting that we are, at the same time demotivating another.’
    • ‘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.’

Pronunciation

demotivate

/diˈmɔʊdəveɪt//dēˈmôo͝odəvāt/