What is the opposite of motivate?

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Opposite of to encourage or inspire someone to do something
“The continual criticisms would eventually demotivate him completely.”
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Opposite of to give or be a reason for a course of action
“His past weight issues were enough to discourage him from developing bad eating habits.”
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Opposite of to suffuse with vigor, life, energy, or spirit
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Opposite of to hasten the progress of or make easier
“Disruptive tactics were deliberately used to hinder the process of coming to an agreement.”
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Opposite of to start, activate or put into action
“A protective system is connected to the power system to sense selected circuit conditions and deactivate the power system upon the occurrence of a fault.”
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Opposite of to provide encouragement to
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Opposite of to instill courage into
“The dragon's loud roar served to startle the enemy soldiers.”
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Opposite of take action
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Opposite of to control or influence (a person or course of action)
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