motivation

noun mo·ti·va·tion \ ˌmō-tə-ˈvā-shən \
Updated on: 1 Dec 2017

Definition of motivation

1 a : the act or process of motivating
  • Some students need motivation to help them through school.
b : the condition of being motivated
  • employees who lack motivation
2 : a motivating force, stimulus, or influence : incentive, drive
  • the Old Testament heroes added religious motivation to the waging of war
  • —Richard Humble
  • The fear of failure was the motivation for his achievements.

motivational

play \-shnəl, -shə-nᵊl\ adjective

motivationally

adverb

Examples of motivation in a Sentence

  1. Some students need motivation to help them through school.

  2. Many people have questioned her motivations in choosing to run for office at this time.

Recent Examples of motivation from the Web

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First Known Use of motivation

1873


MOTIVATION Defined for English Language Learners

motivation

noun

Definition of motivation for English Language Learners

  • : the act or process of giving someone a reason for doing something : the act or process of motivating someone

  • : the condition of being eager to act or work : the condition of being motivated

  • : a force or influence that causes someone to do something


Medical Dictionary

motivation

noun mo·ti·va·tion \ ˌmōt-ə-ˈvā-shən \

medical Definition of motivation

1 a : the act or process of motivating
b : the condition of being motivated
2 : a motivating force, stimulus, or influence (as a drive or incentive)
  • lacks the motivation to lose weight

motivational

play \-shnəl, -shən-ᵊl\ adjective

motivationally

play \\ adverb


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