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motivate

[moh-tuh-veyt] /ˈmoʊ təˌveɪt/
verb (used with object), motivated, motivating.
1.
to provide with a motive or motives; incite; impel.
Origin
1860-1865
1860-65; motive + -ate1
Related forms
motivator, noun
demotivate, verb (used with object), demotivated, demotivating.
demotivator, noun
nonmotivated, adjective
remotivate, verb (used with object), remotivated, remotivating.
unmotivated, adjective
unmotivating, adjective
well-motivated, adjective
Synonyms
induce, move, provoke, prompt, cause.
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  • Huge rewards for the few demotivate the rest of the workforce.
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  • It explains why extrinsic, behaviorist reward systems eventually demotivate students.
  • Name some of the ways that a supervisor can demotivate staff.
British Dictionary definitions for demotivate

motivate

/ˈməʊtɪˌveɪt/
verb
1.
(transitive) to give incentive to
Derived Forms
motivator, noun
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Contemporary definitions for demotivate
verb

to make someone lose motivation, esp. to carry out a task or job

Word Origin

de + motivate

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Word Origin and History for demotivate
v.

1976; see de- + motivate. Related: Demotivated; demotivating.

motivate

v.

1863, "to stimulate toward action," from motive + -ate (2); perhaps modeled on French motiver or German motivieren. Related: Motivated; motivating.

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