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Meaning of “motivation” in the English Dictionary

"motivation" in British English

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motivationnoun

uk   /ˌməʊ.tɪˈveɪ.ʃən/  us   /ˌmoʊ.t̬ɪ-/
  • 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 ​improveourservice to ​ourcustomers.
(Definition of motivation from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"motivation" in American English

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motivationnoun [C/U]

 us   /ˌmoʊ·t̬əˈveɪ·ʃən/
willingness to do something, or something that ​causes such ​willingness: [C] One motivation for ​reducing the ​staff was the need to ​cutcosts. [U] You need a lot of motivation to ​succeed. literature Motivation in ​literature and ​film is the ​reason a ​characterbehaves a ​certain way.
(Definition of motivation from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"motivation" in Business English

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motivationnoun

uk   us   /ˌməʊtɪˈveɪʃən/
[U] enthusiasm for doing something: Many ​staff lack motivation and are resistant to ​change.
[C] the need or reason for doing something: a motivation for sth A ​major motivation for his later ​career was to ​secure a ​regularfinancialincome.a motivation behind sth The motivation behind the decision was the desire to ​cutcosts. the chief/​main/​primary motivation
(Definition of motivation from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “motivation”
in Arabic دافِع…
in Korean 의욕…
in Portuguese motivação…
in Catalan motivació…
in Japanese やる気…
in Chinese (Simplified) 热情, 积极性, 干劲…
in Turkish güdü, dürtü, coşku…
in Russian заинтересованность, энтузиазм, повод…
in Chinese (Traditional) 熱情, 積極性, 幹勁…
in Italian motivazione…
in Polish motywacja, motywy, przyczyna…
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