motivate

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

motive +‎ -ate

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈməʊtɪveɪt/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈmoʊtɪveɪt/, /ˈmoʊɾəˌveɪt/

Verb[edit]

motivate (third-person singular simple present motivates, present participle motivating, simple past and past participle motivated)

  1. (transitive) To provide someone with an incentive to do something; to encourage.
    The weekly staff meeting was meant to motivate employees.
  2. (transitive) To animate; to propel; to cause to take action
    He was motivated purely by self-interest.
    Steam-motivated pumps are used in manufacturing.

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Italian[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Adjective[edit]

motivate f pl

  1. feminine plural of motivato

Participle[edit]

motivate f pl

  1. feminine plural of motivato

Etymology 2[edit]

Verb[edit]

motivate

  1. inflection of motivare:
    1. second-person plural present indicative
    2. second-person plural imperative

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