Definition of motivation | Dictionary.com

[ moh-tuh-vey-shuhn ]

/ ˌmoʊ təˈveɪ ʃən /

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noun

the act or an instance of motivating, or providing with a reason to act in a certain way: I don’t understand what her motivation was for quitting her job.

the state or condition of being motivated or having a strong reason to act or accomplish something: We know that these students have strong motivation to learn.

something that motivates; inducement; incentive: Clearly, the company’s long-term motivation is profit.

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Origin of motivation

First recorded in 1870–75; motive + -ation

SYNONYMS FOR motivation

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OTHER WORDS FROM motivation

mo·ti·va·tion·al, adjectivemo·ti·va·tive, adjectivean·ti·mo·ti·va·tion·al, adjectivede·mo·ti·va·tion, noun

non·mo·ti·va·tion, nounnon·mo·ti·va·tion·al, adjectivere·mo·ti·va·tion, noun

Words nearby motivation

motion sickness, motion study, motion work, motionless, motivate, motivation, motivation research, motivational research, motive, motive power, motivic

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Words related to motivation

desire, impetus, interest, wish, incentive, motive, reason, encouragement, impulse, catalyst, inclination, provocation, hunger, gimmick, angle, persuasion, incitation, kick, fire, action

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British Dictionary definitions for motivation

motivation

/ (ˌməʊtɪˈveɪʃən) /

noun

the act or an instance of motivating

desire to do; interest or drive

incentive or inducement

psychol the process that arouses, sustains and regulates human and animal behaviour

Derived forms of motivation

motivational, adjectivemotivative, adjective

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