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Definition to make someone want to do something
  • We pay low salary, but high commission to motivate our salespeople to work hard and smart.
motivate = make someone want to do something
  • She is not a very motivated student.
  • motivated = enthusiastic (wanting to do something)
  • Authorities believe the crime was racially motivated.
  • motivated = done for the reason just stated
  • She is motivated by a sincere desire to help others.
  • motivated = made to want to do something
  • The opposing player's tweet motivated the team to want a win.
  • motivated = made someone want to do something
  • Increased price will motivate increased production.
  • motivate = provide a reason (to make something happen)
  • I think the decision was motivated by self-interest.
  • motivated = provided with a reason (to do something)
  • In many ways, the things motivating me now are the same as they were back when I was playing Pop Warner.
    Tim Tebow  --  Through My Eyes
  • "It's just been my experience that some kinds of working relationships are better motivated by fear than by monetary gain."
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • I don't know a lot about my father's life before World War II or the reasons that motivated him to leave us with my mother in Wisconsin.
    W. William Winokur  --  The Perfect Game
  • It is the whole secret of their power—that it was self-sufficient, self-motivated, self-generated.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • Norris and Taft, it is argued, were motivated more by blind isolationism than Constitutional principles.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • The smells of antiseptic and astringent seemed to energize him, and the feelings generated by human trauma and fear seemed to motivate him.
    Sampon Davis, et. al.  --  We Beat the Street
  • For all I know, I'm on live television at this very moment while commentators try to analyze what could possibly have motivated me to kill Coin.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • I was lethargic, unmotivated.
    John Grogan  --  Marley & Me
  • (editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in unmotivated means not and reverses the meaning of motivated. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
  • He was exceedingly motivated to get clients to the summit, especially a celebrity client like Sandy Hill Pittman.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • I opened my eyes and saw a room full of flowers, and their scent motivated me further.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Notebook
  • It was supposed to do wonders for children like Eliza, bright but unmotivated, who would rather shovel manure than read.
    Judy Blume  --  In the Unlikely Event
  • (editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in unmotivated means not and reverses the meaning of motivated. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
  • In fact, I think his visits are largely motivated by his need for a nap.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • You said partly motivated.
    Ted Dekker  --  BoneMan's Daughters

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