motivate

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verb mo·ti·vate \ˈmō-tə-ˌvāt\

Definition of motivate

motivated

motivating

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to provide with a motive :  impel <questions that excite and motivate youth>

motivative

play \-ˌvā-tiv\ adjective

motivator

play \-ˌvā-tər\ noun

Examples of motivate in a sentence

  1. No one knows what motivated him to act in such a violent way.

1836

First Known Use of motivate

1836


MOTIVATE Defined for English Language Learners

motivate

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verb mo·ti·vate \ˈmō-tə-ˌvāt\

Definition of motivate for English Language Learners

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

  • : to be a reason for (something)


MOTIVATE Defined for Kids

motivate

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verb mo·ti·vate \ˈmō-tə-ˌvāt\

Definition of motivate for Students

motivated

motivating

  1. :  to give or be a reason for doing something <Prizes motivated him to join the contest.>


Medical Dictionary

motivate

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transitive verb mo·ti·vate \ˈmōt-ə-ˌvāt\

Medical Definition of motivate

motivated

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motivating

  1. :  to provide with a motive or serve as a motive for <motivate patients to change unhealthy lifestyles>

motivative

\-ˌvāt-iv\play adjective

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