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motivate

[moh-tuh-veyt] /ˈmoʊ təˌveɪt/
verb (used with object), motivated, motivating.
1.
to provide with a motive, or a cause or reason to act; incite; impel.
Origin of motivate
1860-1865
First recorded in 1860-65; motive + -ate1
Related forms
motivator, noun
demotivate, verb (used with object), demotivated, demotivating.
demotivator, noun
nonmotivated, adjective
remotivate, verb (used with object), remotivated, remotivating.
unmotivated, adjective
unmotivating, adjective
well-motivated, adjective
Synonyms
induce, move, provoke, prompt, cause.
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Examples from the Web for motivate
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  • These problems may then motivate you to enter individual therapy.

  • He had felt it before, but the feeling was strong enough now to motivate action.

    Earthsmith Milton Lesser
  • Any sort of desire or need, left unsatisfied in the day, may motivate a dream.

    Psychology Robert S. Woodworth
  • The essential thing about value is that it motivate our conduct.

    Social Value B. M. Anderson
  • This is needed to motivate effort and insure right impressions.

    How to Teach Religion

    George Herbert Betts
British Dictionary definitions for motivate

motivate

/ˈməʊtɪˌveɪt/
verb
1.
(transitive) to give incentive to
Derived Forms
motivator, noun
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Word Origin and History for motivate
v.

1863, "to stimulate toward action," from motive + -ate (2); perhaps modeled on French motiver or German motivieren. Related: Motivated; motivating.

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