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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 motivates
  • Sometimes the story of a single animal motivates global response.
  • Academic pay rose and spending on the stuff that motivates many of them-that is, research-rocketed.
  • The mid day meal program motivates children to attend and remain in school thereby ensuring their holistic overall development.
  • My point is that it is easy to get carried away and lose sight of what really motivates you.
  • Perhaps sensing the common humanity that motivates different peoples.
  • Equally important, however, is that racing motivates people-in the stands as well as in the pits-to think in more-innovative ways.
  • Their math tutorials draw from cutting-edge research about the way students learn and what motivates them to succeed academically.
  • Such a belief further motivates the disciple to form himself in the image of the master-to identify with him.
  • There's the thrill of contributing to genuine scientific research, but that motivates less than half of the community.
  • It motivates people to behave in ways that no government can, and it's often cheaper.
British Dictionary definitions for motivates


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



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

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