Synonyms and Antonyms of motivate
to rouse to action or activity
- The presence of treats motivated the dogs to obey their owner's commands.
- They drove a campaign to motivate voters to show up to the polls.
arouse, encourage, excite, fire (up), impassion, incite, instigate, move, pique, provoke, rev (up), spark, spur, stimulate, stir
activate, animate, drive, energize, galvanize, induce, inspire, key (up), motive, propel, pump up, quicken, set off, vitalize
allure, bait, beguile, bribe, entice, lead on, lure, seduce, tempt
fan, ignite, inflame (also enflame), kindle, trigger
abet, ferment, foment, raise, whip (up)
aggravate, annoy, bother, exasperate, gall, get, irritate, vex
anger, enrage, madden, upset