mo·​rale | \ mə-ˈral How to pronounce morale (audio) \

Definition of morale

1 : moral principles, teachings, or conduct
2a : the mental and emotional condition (as of enthusiasm, confidence, or loyalty) of an individual or group with regard to the function or tasks at hand The team's morale is high.
b : a sense of common purpose with respect to a group : esprit de corps The ship's morale improved after two days of shore leave.
3 : the level of individual psychological well-being based on such factors as a sense of purpose and confidence in the future The failure of his play did not affect his morale.

Examples of morale in a Sentence

The team is playing well and their morale is high. The President's speech boosted the morale of the troops.

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Albence is in town to provide a morale boost to the employees, according to ICE. Justin Wingerter, The Denver Post, "VP Mike Pence attending campaign events in Windsor and Aspen on Monday," 22 July 2019 Trustee Charletta Compton said the system was struggling with morale issues then. Dallas News, "Wright Lassiter Jr. was a servant leader who inspired faith, trust in Dallas," 3 July 2019 His release from jail at a critical juncture in the city’s push for greater political freedoms will give a morale boost to youthful protesters and has the potential to make the authorities nervous. Time Staff, Time, "Hong Kong Freedom Campaigner Joshua Wong Released From Prison as Protesters Vow to Fight On," 17 June 2019 None of the training programs will require employees to commit to staying at Amazon, but research suggests that training schemes can boost morale and may mean that employees are less likely to leave a company anyway. Jon Porter, The Verge, "Amazon to spend $700 million retraining a third of its US workforce by 2025," 11 July 2019 Republicans are holding a pep rally of sorts later this month to boost morale and increase registration., "Who are the largest employers in Ohio?: Capitol Letter," 18 June 2019 In addition to enabling more flexibility for workers, the policy can improve workplace culture and boost employee morale. Michelle Cheng, Quartz at Work, "The share of US job posts offering unlimited vacation is up sharply," 18 June 2019 Sawyer also gave 20 of them away to single-parent families in the Jeremiah Program of Fargo-Moorhead, in an effort to boost morale. Washington Post, "10-year-old North Dakota girl turns author to aid Africa," 6 June 2019 Fed rate cuts would aim to put a floor beneath the stock market, boost investor morale and lower borrowing costs for nervous businesses and households. Matt Egan, CNN, "Wall Street is clamoring for rate cuts. Banks not so much," 6 June 2019

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First Known Use of morale

1752, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for morale

in sense 1, from French, from feminine of moral, adjective; in other senses, modification of French moral morale, from moral, adjective

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English Language Learners Definition of morale

: the feelings of enthusiasm and loyalty that a person or group has about a task or job


mo·​rale | \ mə-ˈral How to pronounce morale (audio) \

Kids Definition of morale

: the condition of the mind or feelings (as in relation to enthusiasm, spirit, or hope) of an individual or group The team's morale is low.

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