motivated

adjective
mo·​ti·​vat·​ed | \ ˈmō-tə-ˌvā-təd How to pronounce motivated (audio) \

Definition of motivated

: provided with a motive : having an incentive or a strong desire to do well or succeed in some pursuit a motivated employee Courses are being offered on college campuses for those who are highly motivated but who without such help often drop out and are lost to society and themselves.— Carol Kort In a sporting context, for example, athletes who consistently seem to play hard and rarely concede defeat are often described as highly motivated or "competitive" by the media.— Robert C. Eklund

First Known Use of motivated

1903, in the meaning defined above

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“Motivated.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/motivated. Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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