What does motivation mean?

Definitions for motivation
ˌmoʊ təˈveɪ ʃənmo·ti·va·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. motivation, motive, need(noun)

    the psychological feature that arouses an organism to action toward a desired goal; the reason for the action; that which gives purpose and direction to behavior

    "we did not understand his motivation"; "he acted with the best of motives"

  2. motivation(noun)

    the condition of being motivated

    "his motivation was at a high level"

  3. motivation, motivating(noun)

    the act of motivating; providing incentive


  1. motivation(n.)

    The act or process of motivating.

  2. motivation(n.)

    The goal or mental image of a goal that creates a motivation; as, the image of a peaceful world is a powerful motivation for only a rare few individuals.

  3. motivation(n.)

    The mental process that arouses an organism to action; as, a large part of a teacher's job is to give students the motivation to learn on their own.


  1. motivation(Noun)

    Willingness of action especially in behavior

  2. motivation(Noun)

    The action of motivating.

  3. motivation(Noun)

    Something which motivates.

  4. motivation(Noun)

    An incentive or reason for doing something.

  5. motivation(Noun)

    a research rating that measures how the rational and emotional elements of a commercial affect consumer intention to consider, visit, or buy something.

    The motivation scores showed that 65% of people wanted to visit our website to learn more about the offer after watching the commercial.

  6. Origin: motive, from the verb moveo, + -ation


  1. Motivation

    Motivation is a psychological feature that arouses an organism to act towards a desired goal and elicits, controls, and sustains certain goal-directed behaviors. It can be considered a driving force; a psychological one that compels or reinforces an action toward a desired goal. For example, hunger is a motivation that elicits a desire to eat. Motivation is the purpose or psychological cause of an action. Motivation has been shown to have roots in physiological, behavioral, cognitive, and social areas. Motivation may be rooted in a basic impulse to optimize well-being, minimize physical pain and maximize pleasure. It can also originate from specific physical needs such as eating, sleeping or resting, and sex. Motivation is an inner drive to behave or act in a certain manner. "It's the difference between waking up before dawn to pound the pavement and lazing around the house all day." These inner conditions such as wishes, desires, goals, activate to move in a particular direction in behavior.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Motivation

    Those factors which cause an organism to behave or act in either a goal-seeking or satisfying manner. They may be influenced by physiological drives or by external stimuli.

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'motivation' in Nouns Frequency: #2038

How to pronounce motivation?

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How to say motivation in sign language?

  1. motivation


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of motivation in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of motivation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of motivation in a Sentence

  1. Lev Parnas:

    That was the only motivation.

  2. Larry Kramer:

    I still have it. It's my motivation.

  3. Micah Hauptman:

    We're skeptical of( SIFMA's) motivation.

  4. Elizabeth Priolo Tencza:

    Nothing inspires motivation more than success.

  5. The WWT:

    It’s great motivation and enriching for the birds.

Images & Illustrations of motivation

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