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English definition of “motivation”

motivation

noun uk   /ˌməʊ.tɪˈveɪ.ʃən/ us    /ˌmoʊ.t̬ɪ-/

motivation noun (ENTHUSIASM)

B2 [U] enthusiasm for doing something: He's a bright enough student - he just lacks motivation. There seems to be a lack of motivation among the staff.

motivation noun (REASON)

C1 [C] the need or reason for doing something: What was the motivation for the attack? The motivation behind the decision is the desire to improve our service to our customers.
(Definition of motivation from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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