Meaning of “motivation” in the English Dictionary

"motivation" in British English

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uk /ˌməʊ.tɪˈveɪ.ʃən/ us /ˌmoʊ.t̬əˈveɪ.ʃən/

(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 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)

"motivation" in Business English

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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)

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