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English definition of “motivate”

motivate

verb     /ˈməʊ.tɪ.veɪt/ US  /ˈmoʊ.t̬ɪ-/
C1 [T often passive] to cause someone to behave in a particular way: Like so many people, he's motivated by greed. He is genuinely motivated by a desire to help people.Encouraging and urging onInspiration and inspiring C1 [T] to make someone want to do something well: [+ to infinitive] Teaching is all about motivating people to learn.Encouraging and urging onInspiration and inspiring motivated     /-veɪ.tɪd/ US  /-veɪ.t̬ɪd/ adjective B2 a racially motivated murder Our staff are hard-working and highly motivated (= enthusiastic).Encouraging and urging onInspiration and inspiring
(Definition of motivate verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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