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
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.
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