motivation

noun
mo·​ti·​va·​tion | \ ˌmō-tə-ˈvā-shən How to pronounce motivation (audio) \

Definition of motivation

1a : 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.

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Other Words from motivation

motivational \ ˌmō-​tə-​ˈvā-​shnəl How to pronounce motivational (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective
motivationally adverb

Examples of motivation in a Sentence

Some students need motivation to help them through school. Many people have questioned her motivations in choosing to run for office at this time.

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In places that don’t have RPSs, the utilities don’t have as much motivation to develop renewables. Umair Irfan, Vox, "4 maps that show who’s being left behind in America’s wind-power boom," 28 Mar. 2019 Bezos alludes to his ownership of The Washington Post and its coverage of Donald Trump, a longtime friend of Pecker's, as possible political motivation for AMI's actions. Liz Cantrell, Town & Country, "Before Jeff Bezos, The National Enquirer Had a Long History of Scandals," 8 Feb. 2019 Snowboot season or no, think of it as instant motivation for a standing monthly pedicure appointment. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Emily Blunt Steps Out with Bare Legs—and Winter's Best Anti-Pedicure," 17 Dec. 2018 But recently, a number of authors have begun imagining fantasy with new perspectives, where their character’s motivations and story are rooted in more modern concerns. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Foundryside is a cyberpunk adventure wrapped in an epic fantasy novel," 23 Dec. 2018 The quest for this kind of elegance is the motivation of my creative process. Kerry Pieri, Harper's BAZAAR, "This New Evening Wear Collection is Made for Meghan Markle, And You," 6 Aug. 2018 This typing of hunters betrays the fact that the motivation of individual hunters can be the same or different despite the type. Author: Christine Cunningham, Anchorage Daily News, "What is a sport hunter? Words don’t always fit a person’s motivation," 26 Apr. 2018 The only question left is this: What’s the motivation here? Dave Hyde, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Hyde: LeBron's decision changes L.A., East ... and Heat hopes," 2 July 2018 While great workout gear might not be a cure-all to get you into the gym, a good pair of workout leggings can bump your motivation. Shanon Maglente, Good Housekeeping, "These $11 Leggings Have More Than 7,000 5-Star Reviews on Amazon," 11 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of motivation

1873, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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motivation

noun

English Language Learners Definition of motivation

: 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

motivation

noun
mo·​ti·​va·​tion | \ ˌmōt-ə-ˈvā-shən How to pronounce motivation (audio) \

Medical Definition of motivation

1a : 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

Other Words from motivation

motivational \ -​shnəl, -​shən-​ᵊl How to pronounce motivational (audio) \ adjective
motivationally \ -​ē How to pronounce motivationally (audio) \ adverb

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