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motivate

[moh-tuh-veyt]
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verb (used with object), mo·ti·vat·ed, mo·ti·vat·ing.
  1. to provide with a motive, or a cause or reason to act; incite; impel.

Origin of motivate

First recorded in 1860–65; motive + -ate1
Related formsmo·ti·va·tor, nounde·mo·ti·vate, verb (used with object), de·mo·ti·vat·ed, de·mo·ti·vat·ing.de·mo·ti·va·tor, nounnon·mo·ti·vat·ed, adjectivere·mo·ti·vate, verb (used with object), re·mo·ti·vat·ed, re·mo·ti·vat·ing.un·mo·ti·vat·ed, adjectiveun·mo·ti·vat·ing, adjectivewell-mo·ti·vat·ed, adjective

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induce, move, provoke, prompt, cause.
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motivate

verb
  1. (tr) to give incentive to
Derived Formsmotivator, noun
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Word Origin and History for motivator

n.

1917, agent noun in Latin form from motivate (v.).

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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