motivate

verb
mo·​ti·​vate | \ ˈmō-tə-ˌvāt How to pronounce motivate (audio) \
motivated; motivating

Definition of motivate

transitive verb

: to provide with a motive : impel questions that excite and motivate youth She was motivated by a desire to help children.

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Other Words from motivate

motivative \ ˈmō-​tə-​ˌvā-​tiv How to pronounce motivative (audio) \ adjective

Examples of motivate in a Sentence

No one knows what motivated him to act in such a violent way.
Recent Examples on the Web In death, her spirit continues to motivate, fuel and inspire him. Duane Rankin, azcentral, "Suns point guard Ricky Rubio wins FIBA World Cup MVP, gold medal with Spain," 15 Sep. 2019 As China has expanded environmental transparency, some 70 multinational and local brands have applied the monitoring data compiled by IPE to motivate more than 8,000 suppliers to address regulatory violations. Ma Jun, Time, "How China Can Truly Lead the Fight Against Climate Change," 12 Sep. 2019 Giving out awards is a fairly common trend to motivate people to achieve goals in classrooms and in the workplace. William Park, Quartz at Work, "Why employee rewards are frequently ineffective and potentially counterproductive," 11 Sep. 2019 At the event, presented by Simsbury Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by Berkshire Bank, Landworks Development, and Phase Zero Design, Jakubowski will speak to motivate and inspire other young professionals to achieve their goals. courant.com, "Community News For The Farmington Valley Edition," 9 Sep. 2019 Behavioral science already knows a good deal about how to motivate us. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Tracking your exercise more effective with competition, study says," 9 Sep. 2019 Last week’s decision seems to be motivated more by undoing the work of Mr Trump’s predecessor than championing consumer choice. The Economist, "Donald Trump’s dim decision to scrap Obama-era lightbulb rules," 9 Sep. 2019 The gunmen became household names and even in death appeared to motivate a whole new crop of mass shooters. Washington Post, "Not so easy to prevent the spread of mass shooters’ names," 2 Sep. 2019 In 2016, the country passed legislation to increase parental leave to 12 months and eradicated a tax deduction for dependent spouses to motivate women to work. Brianna Holt, Quartz, "Japan needs more than anti-groping stamps to fix its sexual harassment problem," 30 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of motivate

1836, in the meaning defined above

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6 Nov 2019

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The first known use of motivate was in 1836

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motivate

verb
How to pronounce motivate (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of motivate

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

motivate

verb
mo·​ti·​vate | \ ˈmō-tə-ˌvāt How to pronounce motivate (audio) \
motivated; motivating

Kids Definition of motivate

: to give or be a reason for doing something Prizes motivated him to join the contest.
mo·​ti·​vate | \ ˈmōt-ə-ˌvāt How to pronounce motivate (audio) \
motivated; motivating

Medical Definition of motivate

: to provide with a motive or serve as a motive for motivate patients to change unhealthy lifestyles

Other Words from motivate

motivative \ -​ˌvāt-​iv How to pronounce motivative (audio) \ adjective

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