motivator

noun mo·ti·va·tor \ ˈmō-tə-ˌvā-tər \

Definition of motivator

plural motivators
: one that motivates or impels someone or something
  • a subconscious motivator of behavior
}: such as
a : a factor or situation that causes people to feel motivated to do something : incentive
  • Only a fool, though, would deny that money is a very real and basic need and, of course, a motivator of sorts.
  • —Robert W. Corl
  • Exercising with someone else … can be a motivator. — Joanne Lannin
  • Andre Harris, without basketball as a motivator, had slipped back into bad habits academically. — John Feinstein
b : a person who motivates others
  • But Romo's not an enabler; he's a motivator, says [Jessica] Simpson. "If I'm not feeling good about myself, he'll say, 'Get your butt up and go to the gym then!'"
  • —Michelle Tan

First Known Use of motivator

1909

in the meaning defined above

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