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MOTIVATE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does motivate mean? 

MOTIVATE (verb)
  The verb MOTIVATE has 1 sense:

1. give an incentive for action

  Familiarity information: MOTIVATE used as a verb is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


MOTIVATE (verb)


Sense 1motivate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Give an incentive for action

Classified under:

Verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing

Synonyms:

incite; motivate; prompt; actuate; propel; move

Context example:

This moved me to sacrifice my career

Hypernyms (to "motivate" is one way to...):

cause; do; make (give rise to; cause to happen or occur, not always intentionally)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE

Sentence example:

They motivate him to write the letter


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