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noun motivation pronunciation in British English /ˌməʊtɪˈveɪʃ(ə)n/
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  1. 1
    [uncountable] a feeling of enthusiasm or interest that makes you determined to do something
    You can do anything if you’ve got the motivation.
    improve/increase/strengthen someone’s motivation: These methods can help to increase students’ motivation and interest.
    lack/lose motivation: She said she had lost her motivation.
  2. 2
    [countable/uncountable] a reason for doing something
    Our real motivation is to make a profit.

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