Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To provide with an incentive; move to action; impel.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To provide someone with an incentive to do something; to encourage.
  • v. To animate; to propel; to cause to take action

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To provide with a motive; to move; impel; induce; incite.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To motive; act as a motive or as the inciting cause of; induce.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. give an incentive for action

Etymologies

motive +‎ -ate (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Rarely does a title motivate and inspire me as Having It All has.

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  • If I really wanted to learn how to orate in motivate people and get to know and understand the culture of my ethnic origin but wasn't ever exposed to .......

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  • Will FEU's second place win motivate them to work harder to win it next year?

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  • That’s also a healthy increase over the 525 HP the M156 normally develops and all it has to motivate is a 3,571 Lbs curb weight gull-winged bird of prey (703 Lbs lighter than the SL63 and 326 Lbs lighter than the SLR thanks to an aluminum chassis and body).

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  • You may find it increasingly difficult toward the end of your term to motivate yourself to exercise.

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  • "The importance of motivation is that it gets you to self motivate, which is the behavior that matters in weight loss," Webber explained.

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  • I could be wrong, but it seems to make more sense to me that coins motivate more reliably than complaints.

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  • According to Webster's, to motivate is to "provide with an incentive, move to action, impel".

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  • It reminds me of the days Goldin would applaud budget cuts as an obscure way to 'motivate' NASA.

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  • We cannot "motivate" engagement (or innovation, growth, or succession for that matter); instead, we must inspire the kind of outcomes we want by rooting ourselves in a set of values, being in the grip of an idea worthy of dedication and commitment, connecting around a meaningful and shared purpose, and aligning around a common, deep and sustainable set of human, societal and environmental values.

    Dov Seidman: Why We Can't 'Motivate' Engagement

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