- 1[often passive] motivate somebody to be the reason why somebody does something or behaves in a particular way He is motivated entirely by self-interest.
- 2to make somebody want to do something, especially something that involves hard work and effort motivate somebody She's very good at motivating her students. motivate somebody to do something The plan is designed to motivate employees to work more efficiently. See related entries: Job skills and personal qualities
- 3motivate something (South African English, formal) to give reasons for something that you have stated Please motivate your answer to question 5. Extra examples He was motivated to join the union because he objected to the new contract. His greatest quality is the way he motivates his team. She’s very good at motivating her students. We created the conditions whereby the child is motivated to speak. What motivates people to carry out such attacks?
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BrE BrE//ˈməʊtɪveɪt//; NAmE NAmE//ˈmoʊtɪveɪt//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they motivate
BrE BrE//ˈməʊtɪveɪt//; NAmE NAmE//ˈmoʊtɪveɪt//he / she / it motivates
BrE BrE//ˈməʊtɪveɪts//; NAmE NAmE//ˈmoʊtɪveɪts//past simple motivated
BrE BrE//ˈməʊtɪveɪtɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈmoʊtɪveɪtɪd//past participle motivated
BrE BrE//ˈməʊtɪveɪtɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈmoʊtɪveɪtɪd//-ing form motivating
BrE BrE//ˈməʊtɪveɪtɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈmoʊtɪveɪtɪŋ//Job skills and personal qualities