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Meaning of MOTIVATE

Pronunciation:  'mowtu`veyt

WordNet Dictionary
[v]  give an incentive for action; "This moved me to sacrifice my career"

MOTIVATE is a 8 letter word that starts with M.


 Synonyms: actuate, incite, move, prompt, propel
 See Also: cause, do, make



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Mo"ti*vate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {-vated}; p. pr. &
vb. n. {-vating}.] [From {Motive}, n.]
To provide with a motive; to move; impel; induce; incite. --
{Mo`ti*va"tion}, n. --William James.

Thesaurus Terms
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