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motive

noun [C] uk   /ˈməʊ.tɪv/  us   /ˈmoʊ.t̬ɪv/
B2 a reason for doing something: Why would she have killed him? She has no motive. Does he have a motive for lying about where he was? What is the motive behind (= the reason for) the bombing? I think you should examine/question their motives in offering to lend you the money. She denies that she has an ulterior (= secret) motive for making the donation.
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adjective [before noun] uk   /ˈməʊ.tɪv/  us   /ˈmoʊ.t̬ɪv/ specialized
Translations of “motive”
in Arabic دافِع…
in Korean 동기…
in Malaysian motif…
in French motif…
in Turkish neden, sebep, dürtü…
in Italian motivo…
in Chinese (Traditional) 動機, (行動的)緣由, 目的…
in Russian основание, мотив…
in Polish motyw…
in Vietnamese động cơ…
in Spanish motivo…
in Portuguese motivo…
in Thai แรงจูงใจ…
in German das Motiv…
in Catalan motiu…
in Japanese 動機…
in Indonesian motif…
in Chinese (Simplified) 动机, (行动的)缘由, 目的…
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