motivate

[moh-tuh-veyt]

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

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

Synonyms for motivate

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Examples from the Web for motivate

Contemporary Examples of motivate

Historical Examples of motivate

  • 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

verb

(tr) to give incentive to
Derived Formsmotivator, 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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