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.
motivationalplay \-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective
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.
First Known Use of motivation
MOTIVATION Defined for English Language Learners
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 Definition of motivation
motivational\-shnəl, -shən-əl\play adjective
Learn More about motivation
See words that rhyme with motivation Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for motivation Spanish Central: Translation of motivation Nglish: Translation of motivation for Spanish speakers Britannica English: Translation of motivation for Arabic speakers Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about motivation
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up motivation? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).