motivate

[ moh-tuh-veyt ]
/ ˈmoʊ təˌveɪt /

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.

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Origin of motivate

First recorded in 1860–65; motive + -ate1

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British Dictionary definitions for motivate

motivate
/ (ˈməʊtɪˌveɪt) /

verb

(tr) to give incentive to

Derived forms of motivate

motivator, noun
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