motivate

motivate
[[t]mo͟ʊtɪveɪt[/t]]
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motivates, motivating, motivated
1) VERB If you are motivated by something, especially an emotion, it causes you to behave in a particular way.

[be V-ed] They are motivated by a need to achieve...

[be V-ed] The crime was not politically motivated...

[V n to-inf] I don't want to be missing out. And that motivates me to get up and do something every day. [Also V n]

Derived words:
motivated ADJ-GRADED

...highly motivated employees.

motivation [[t]mo͟ʊtɪve͟ɪʃ(ə)n[/t]] N-UNCOUNT

His poor performance may be attributed to lack of motivation rather than to reading difficulties.

2) VERB If someone motivates you to do something, they make you feel determined to do it.

[V n to-inf] How do you motivate people to work hard and efficiently?...

[V n] Never let it be said that the manager doesn't know how to motivate his players.

Syn:
Derived words:
motivation N-UNCOUNT

Given parental motivation we are optimistic about the ability of people to change.


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