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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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  • He recognised that a key motivator for many people is the desire to feel important, the nourishment of their self-esteem.
  • Some critics argue that pay is not a major motivator in the workplace.
  • Perhaps self-interest may prove a more powerful motivator.
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  • The motivator had to be purely cosmetic, the way he glowered, plus the strange accent atop brutal word delivery.
British Dictionary definitions for motivator

motivate

/ˈməʊtɪˌveɪt/
verb
1.
(transitive) to give incentive to
Derived Forms
motivator, noun
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Word Origin and History for motivator
n.

1917, agent noun in Latin form from motivate (v.).

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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