- to provide with a motive, or a cause or reason to act; incite; impel.
Origin of motivate
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Related Words for motivatorinstigator, motivator, mover, achiever, dynamo, annoyance, irritant, pest, prod, spur, excitant, energizer, author, creator, drive, stimulator
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Contemporary Examples of motivator
While his health was a motivator, many also speculate he did it with an eye on a future presidential run.Should We Judge Hillary’s Hair or Christie’s Weight?
January 6, 2014
That goes a long way here in South Carolina and could trump party loyalty as a motivator.South Carolina Special Election Has All the Makings of a Scandal-Filled Telenovela
April 3, 2013
Reputational harm may be more of a motivator than the sanctions.Where Modern Slavery Thrives: State Department Unveils Trafficking Report
June 19, 2012
I'm sure those are both on the table, but when someone is sitting on nine digits, that kind of package isn't a motivator.AOL Buys Huffington Post: Arianna Cashes Out
February 7, 2011
- (tr) to give incentive to
Word Origin and History for motivator
1917, agent noun in Latin form from motivate (v.).