motivator

noun
mo·​ti·​va·​tor | \ ˈmō-tə-ˌvā-tər How to pronounce motivator (audio) \
plural motivators

Definition of motivator

: 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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“Motivator.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/motivator. Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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