What does motivate mean?

Definitions for motivate
ˈmoʊ təˌveɪtmo·ti·vate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. motivate, actuate, propel, move, prompt, inciteverb

    give an incentive for action

    "This moved me to sacrifice my career"


  1. motivateverb

    To provide someone with an incentive to do something; to encourage.

  2. motivateverb

    To animate; to propel; to cause to take action

Editors Contribution

  1. motivate

    To inspire passion, energy, enthusiasm, direction, democracy, teamwork or what is accurate and specific in the moment to ensure peace, optimum health, human rights, animal rights, right to life and shared prosperity for all

    She did motivate her colleagues with the sense of unity, inclusion, passion and love.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 20, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'motivate' in Verbs Frequency: #996

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of motivate in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of motivate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of motivate in a Sentence

  1. Jeremy Ruckert:

    Anything motivates you, whether its what they say or what we say, this is the biggest stage in college football. If that doesnt motivate you, I dont know what youre doing here. We definitely heard what he was saying and used it as motivation, but the stage, the platform of the playoff and the chance to go move on, thats motivation in itself. Now we just have to keep that energy going.

  2. RVM:

    An external motive can never Inspire you. It will only Motivate you to move, but you will soon stop. Seek Inspiration!


    Never allow hardships, difficulties, failures, mistakes, disappointments or things like that to discourage or demoralize you. Rather, let them become motivations or inspirations to your own self and others. Truly, your hardships, difficulties, failures, mistakes, disappointments or things like that can motivate or inspire you for life. As well, they can dishearten (discourage) you for life depending on your outlook (your attitude to life) and approach. I (personally) can testify to that. ~Emeasoba George.

  4. Anuj Somany:

    If the thought is not from a person's soul, it can never motivate, inspire, empower and uplift the broken heart of the people at all. Mind it.

  5. Darrell Jackson:

    Everybody who was allegedly done with the Clintons -- well they are running over each other to be in her campaign, but some people are going to say, after a black president, my life should be better and I thought it would be better and it's not. How do you motivate people who have given up?

Images & Illustrations of motivate

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