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motivate

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verb, mo·ti·vate \ˈmō-tə-ˌvāt\

Simple Definition of motivate

  • : to give (someone) a reason for doing something

  • : to be a reason for (something)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of motivate

motivatedmotivating

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to provide with a motive :  impel <questions that excite and motivate youth>

motivative play \-ˌvā-tiv\ adjective
motivator play \-ˌvā-tər\ noun

Examples of motivate in a sentence

  1. No one knows what motivated him to act in such a violent way.



1836

First Known Use of motivate

1836

Rhymes with motivate

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MOTIVATE Defined for Kids

motivate

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verb mo·ti·vate \ˈmō-tə-ˌvāt\

Definition of motivate for Students

motivatedmotivating

  1. :  to give or be a reason for doing something <Prizes motivated him to join the contest.>




Medical Dictionary

motivate

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transitive verb mo·ti·vate \ˈmōt-ə-ˌvāt\

Medical Definition of motivate

motivated; motivating

  1. :  to provide with a motive or serve as a motive for <motivate patients to change unhealthy lifestyles>

motivative \-ˌvāt-iv\play adjective



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