verb mo·ti·vate \ˈmō-tə-ˌvāt\

: to give (someone) a reason for doing something

: to be a reason for (something)


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


Rhymes with MOTIVATE

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MOTIVATOR Defined for Kids


verb mo·ti·vate \ˈmō-tə-ˌvāt\

Definition of MOTIVATE for Kids

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


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

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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