motivate

[moh-tuh-veyt]
verb (used with object), motivated, motivating.
to provide with a motive or motives; incite; impel.

Origin:
1860–65; motive + -ate1

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


induce, move, provoke, prompt, cause.
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motivate (ˈməʊtɪˌveɪt)
 
vb
(tr) to give incentive to
 
'motivator
 
n

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motivate
1885, "to stimulate toward action," from motive (q.v.), perhaps modeled on Fr. motiver or Ger. motivieren. Related: Motivated; motivating.
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Example sentences
Punishment is just a totally ineffective way to motivate kids.
The hope is that they'll use whatever techniques they can to try to motivate me.
The teachers must be creative enough to motivate these kids.
The handrail on the escalator moves faster than the stairs to motivate the user
  to walk up the escalator and not just ride.
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