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[ moh-tuh-veyt ]

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.

    Synonyms: cause, prompt, provoke, move, induce


/ ˈməʊtɪˌveɪt /


  1. tr to give incentive to

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Derived Forms

  • ˈmotiˌvator, noun
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Other Words From

  • mo·ti·va·tor noun
  • de·mo·ti·vate verb (used with object) demotivated demotivating
  • non·mo·ti·vat·ed adjective
  • re·mo·ti·vate verb (used with object) remotivated remotivating
  • un·mo·ti·vat·ed adjective
  • un·mo·ti·vat·ing adjective
  • well-mo·ti·vat·ed adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of motivate1

First recorded in 1860–65; motive + -ate 1
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Example Sentences

We now need to ensure that all market players are motivated to make hyperefficient building insulation their standard operating procedure.

So when Kamaru became a world champion, that motivated me a lot.

This is the idea motivating the recent paper by Christos Makridis of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Cary Wu of York University in Toronto.

For Adams, he hopes his trash pickups motivate others to litter less and pick up more.

I’m looking for someone who challenges me and motivates me to try new things.

Instructional materials and approaches that motivate, stimulate, and engage students.

The Democrats lost it, by being afraid to have a strong message and motivate their voters.

But he argued that the issue does motivate otherwise unlikely voters and could be a deciding factor in a close race.

Trying to motivate the Allies, he offered his assistance and cooperation to the profession as a whole, pro bono.

Needless to say, Democrats are hoping to use the issue to motivate their base.

They are used by the government as one of the economic levers intended to motivate enterprises toward greater efficiency.

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.

If He is in us, why does He not manifest to us continually, why does His power not always motivate our actions?

These principles motivate our actions within the United Nations.





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