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motivenoun [C]

 us   /ˈmoʊ·t̬ɪv/
a reason for doing something: Does he have a motive for lying about where he was? Judy moved to Florida because she likes it there, not for any ulterior motive (= secret reason).
motivate
verb [T]  us   /ˈmoʊ·t̬əˌveɪt/
She’s motivated by a desire to help people.
(Definition of motive from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







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motivenoun [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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motiveadjective [before noun]

uk   /ˈməʊ.tɪv/  us   /ˈmoʊ.t̬ɪv/ specialized
(Definition of motive from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “motive”
in Korean 동기…
in Arabic دافِع…
in Malaysian motif…
in French motif…
in Russian основание, мотив…
in Chinese (Traditional) 動機, (行動的)緣由, 目的…
in Italian motivo…
in Turkish neden, sebep, dürtü…
in Polish motyw…
in Spanish motivo…
in Vietnamese động cơ…
in Portuguese motivo…
in Thai แรงจูงใจ…
in German das Motiv…
in Catalan motiu…
in Japanese 動機…
in Chinese (Simplified) 动机, (行动的)缘由, 目的…
in Indonesian motif…
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