- Word Combinations (verb), Word Parts
|part of speech:
||motivates, motivating, motivated
||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.
- actuate, move
- similar words:
- arouse, dispose, encourage, enkindle, excite, goad, incite, inspire, kindle, prompt, provoke, rouse, spur, stimulate, stir, stir up, tempt
||activate, animate, fire, interest, persuade, prod, push, sway, warm