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noun motivation pronunciation in American English /ˌmoʊtɪˈveɪʃ(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 have the motivation.

    improve/increase/strengthen someone's motivation:

    These methods can help 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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motivational

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