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Definition of motivate:

  1. To provide with a motive; to move; impel; induce; incite.


impress, propel, locomote, be active, excite, prevail on, activate, incite, touch off, inspire hope, throw back on, spur, go, actuate, set off, inflame, enter, predispose, prompt, work up, prick, pique, spark off, condition, trip, urge on, hold sway, arouse, persuade, convince, stir up, displace, remind, implant, incline, inspirit, mold, embolden, make a motion, egg on, run, proceed, cue, cheer, animate, dissuade, move, travel, trigger off, whet.

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