Definition of demotivate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

demotivate

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˌdiːˈməʊtɪveɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌdiːˈmoʊtɪveɪt//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they demotivate
BrE BrE//ˌdiːˈməʊtɪveɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌdiːˈmoʊtɪveɪt//
 
he / she / it demotivates
BrE BrE//ˌdiːˈməʊtɪveɪts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌdiːˈmoʊtɪveɪts//
 
past simple demotivated
BrE BrE//ˌdiːˈməʊtɪveɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌdiːˈmoʊtɪveɪtɪd//
 
past participle demotivated
BrE BrE//ˌdiːˈməʊtɪveɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌdiːˈmoʊtɪveɪtɪd//
 
-ing form demotivating
BrE BrE//ˌdiːˈməʊtɪveɪtɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌdiːˈmoʊtɪveɪtɪŋ//
 
 
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demotivate somebody to make somebody feel that it is not worth making an effort Failure can demotivate students.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: demotivate