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motivate

[ moh-tuh-veyt ]
/ 藞mo蕣 t蓹藢ve瑟t /
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verb (used with object), mo路ti路vat路ed, mo路ti路vat路ing.
to provide with a motive, or a cause or reason to act; incite; impel.
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Origin of motivate

First recorded in 1860鈥65; motive + -ate1

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British Dictionary definitions for motivate

motivate
/ (藞m蓹蕣t瑟藢ve瑟t) /

verb
(tr) to give incentive to

Derived forms of motivate

motivator, noun
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