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motivate

motivate

verb mo·ti·vate \ˈmō-tə-ˌvāt\

: to give (someone) a reason for doing something

: to be a reason for (something)

mo·ti·vat·edmo·ti·vat·ing

Full Definition of MOTIVATE

transitive verb
:  to provide with a motive :  impel <questions that excite and motivate youth>
mo·ti·va·tive \-ˌvā-tiv\ adjective
mo·ti·va·tor \-ˌvā-tər\ noun

Examples of MOTIVATE

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

First Known Use of MOTIVATE

1836

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motivate

transitive verb mo·ti·vate \ˈmōt-ə-ˌvāt\   (Medical Dictionary)
mo·ti·vat·edmo·ti·vat·ing

Medical Definition of MOTIVATE

:  to provide with a motive or serve as a motive for <motivate patients to change unhealthy lifestyles>
mo·ti·va·tive \-ˌvāt-iv\ adjective

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