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verb [transitive]     motivate pronunciation in British English
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present tense
present participlemotivating
past tensemotivated
past participlemotivated
  1. 1
    to make someone feel determined to do something or enthusiastic about doing it

    She knows how to motivate people.

    He was primarily motivated by the desire for profit.

    motivate someone to do something:

    We must motivate students to take charge of their own learning.

  2. 2
    [often passive] to make someone behave in a particular way
    motivate by:

    The crime appears to have been motivated by hatred.

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