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[moh-tuh-veyt] /ˈmoʊ təˌveɪt/
verb (used with object), motivated, motivating.
to provide with a motive or motives; incite; impel.
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
induce, move, provoke, prompt, cause. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for motivated
  • It was a legally flawed, politically motivated decision that should not be glossed over by fond memories.
  • They are motivated either by vengeance, or the collection of unpaid drug debts, which evolve into ransom demands.
  • Experts give an insight as to what motivated the dolphins to go to the surfer's rescue.
  • The knowing makes you less malleable and motivated by fear of the different.
  • Then he condemns earlier brain-and-politics findings for being simplistic and politically motivated.
  • Perhaps poorly motivated students don't belong in college.
  • However, if satisfaction is too pale and fleeting, you won't be motivated to pursue it.
  • Others may be motivated by environmental causes, such as the energy and land required to raise livestock.
  • Her views, science and research aside, are commercially motivated.
  • We seek motivated and academically distinguished scholars to join our ambitious departmental goals.
British Dictionary definitions for motivated


(transitive) to give incentive to
Derived Forms
motivator, noun
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Word Origin and History for motivated



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

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