verb (used with object), mo·ti·vat·ed, mo·ti·vat·ing.
- to provide with a motive, or a cause or reason to act; incite; impel.
Origin of motivate
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
First recorded in 1860–65; motive
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British Dictionary definitions for demotivating
Derived Formsmotivator, noun
- (tr) to give incentive to
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Word Origin and History for demotivating
1863, "to stimulate toward action," from motive + -ate (2); perhaps modeled on French motiver or German motivieren. Related: Motivated; motivating.
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