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
But there is a line that when crossed an awful greyness is cast over the
  economy and the citizens become dull and unmotivated.
The slow or unmotivated can stay home or in their dorm and pretend to learn
  with their computers.
Oh, and we're admitting more students who are unprepared, unmotivated and have
  only a vague intention of getting a degree.
Incompetent government employees who are lazy and unmotivated represent a much
  larger problem for the future of healthcare.
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