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motivate

mo·ti·vate

motivate

 
pronunciation:
mo t veIt
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Word Parts
part of speech: verb
inflections: motivated, motivates, motivating
definition: to make someone want to do something.
A good teacher motivates her students to learn.Fear of cancer motivated him to quit smoking.
 
similar words:
encourage, excite, inspire, provoke, 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).