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motivate

mo·ti·vate

motivate

 
pronunciation:
mo t veIt
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: motivated, motivates, motivating
definition: to cause to move or act by giving incentive or inspiration.
The likely possibility of flunking out of college finally motivated him to study.The stirring speech motivated many citizens to look into how they might serve their country.She tried to motivate her high school students by demonstrating the importance of chemistry in the real world.
 
synonyms:
actuate, move
similar words:
arouse, dispose, encourage, enkindle, excite, goad, incite, inspire, kindle, prompt, provoke, rouse, spur, stimulate, stir up, tempt
Word Parts
The word motivate contains the following parts:
-ate1 Latin verb-forming suffix that means to make, cause, do
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The suffix -ate primarily forms transitive verbs from Latin bases. Many -ate verbs were loanwords from Latin. Verbs ending in -ate combine with the suffix -ion to form nouns ending in -ation. These verbs also have corresponding agent nouns ending in -ator (navigator, dictator, elevator).