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motivationnoun

uk   /ˌməʊ.tɪˈveɪ.ʃən/ us   /ˌmoʊ.t̬əˈveɪ.ʃən/
(Definition of motivation from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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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 cut costs. [U] You need a lot of motivation to succeed.
literature Motivation in literature and film is the reason a character behaves a certain way.
(Definition of motivation from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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motivationnoun

uk   /ˌməʊtɪˈveɪʃən/ us  
[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 regular financial income.a motivation behind sth The motivation behind the decision was the desire to cut costs. 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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