motivate

[ moh-tuh-veyt ]
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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.

Origin of motivate

1
First recorded in 1860–65; motive + -ate1

Other words for motivate

Other words from motivate

  • mo·ti·va·tor, noun
  • de·mo·ti·vate, verb (used with object), de·mo·ti·vat·ed, de·mo·ti·vat·ing.
  • non·mo·ti·vat·ed, adjective
  • re·mo·ti·vate, verb (used with object), re·mo·ti·vat·ed, re·mo·ti·vat·ing.
  • un·mo·ti·vat·ed, adjective
  • un·mo·ti·vat·ing, adjective
  • well-mo·ti·vat·ed, adjective

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How to use motivate in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for motivate

motivate

/ (ˈməʊtɪˌveɪt) /


verb
  1. (tr) to give incentive to

Derived forms of motivate

  • motivator, noun

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