motivate
Pronunciation
  • (British) IPA: /ˈməʊtɪveɪt/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈmoʊtɪveɪt/
Verb

motivate (motivates, present participle motivating; past and past participle motivated)

  1. (transitive) To provide someone with an incentive to do something; to encourage.
    • The weekly staff meeting was meant to motivate employees.
  2. (transitive) To animate; to propel; to cause to take action
    • He was motivated purely by self-interest.
    • Steam-motivated pumps are used in manufacturing.
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