self-mo·​ti·​vat·​ed ˌself-ˈmō-tə-ˌvā-təd How to pronounce self-motivated (audio)
: driven by one's own desires and ambitions : motivated by oneself
self-motivated students/employees
self-motivated learning

Examples of self-motivated in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web More: How Alabama football players are dealing with heat during preseason camp The IMG Academy product, who entered Alabama as a five-star prospect, said the growth was largely self-motivated. Matt Stahl |, al, 14 Aug. 2023 This is a veteran team that should have been self-motivated. Bob Ryan,, 3 June 2023 These people are self-motivated and can set an example for more people who need to have a teamwork mentality in your organization. Rolling Stone Culture Council, Rolling Stone, 1 June 2023 Jan is proud of how self-motivated both became in life. Richard Obert, The Arizona Republic, 31 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1900, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of self-motivated was in 1900

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Cite this Entry

“Self-motivated.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Oct. 2023.

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