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motivation Syllabification: mo·ti·va·tion
Pronunciation: /ˌmōdəˈvāSH(ə)n/

Definition of motivation in English:


1The reason or reasons one has for acting or behaving in a particular way: escape can be a strong motivation for travel
More example sentences
  • I am suggesting that we are wrong to dismiss their motivations and reasoning out of hand as trivial and aberrant.
  • It is also essential to understand the reasons and motivations behind such behaviours and cultural norms.
  • For people who have no faith in God, fear of punishment would be a stronger motivation to do good than promise of reward.
motive, motivating force, incentive, stimulus, stimulation, inspiration, inducement, incitement, spur, reason
informal carrot
1.1The general desire or willingness of someone to do something: keep staff up to date and maintain interest and motivation
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  • An interviewer wants to gauge your enthusiasm and motivation in wanting a job there.
  • Socialism could only become a reality if the majority of people had the desire and motivation to fight for it.
  • I just hope that this enthusiasm and motivation grows, and we don't see all he has to give too soon.
enthusiasm, drive, ambition, initiative, determination, enterprise
informal get-up-and-go


Late 19th century: from motive, reinforced by motivate.

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