Definition of motivation noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌməʊtɪˈveɪʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌmoʊtɪˈveɪʃn//
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  1. 1[countable, uncountable] the reason why somebody does something or behaves in a particular way motivation (behind something) What is the motivation behind this sudden change? motivation (for something/doing something) Most people said that pay was their main motivation for working.
  2. 2[uncountable] the feeling of wanting to do something, especially something that involves hard work and effort He's intelligent enough but he lacks motivation.
  3. 3[countable] (South African English) a statement or piece of writing in which you give reasons for something All research proposals must be accompanied by a full motivation.

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