WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
mo•ti•va•tion /ˌmoʊtəˈveɪʃən/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. [countable] an act or instance of motivating:A good teacher will provide motivations for his or her students.
  2. the state or condition of being motivated;
    desire:[uncountable]Motivation was a key to their success.
mo•ti•va•tion•al, adj. See -mot-.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
mo•ti•va•tion  (mō′tə vāshən),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. the act or an instance of motivating.
  2. the state or condition of being motivated.
  3. something that motivates;
mo′ti•vation•al, adj. 
moti•va′tive, adj. 
  • motive + -ation 1870–75

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

ˌmotiˈvation /ˌməʊtɪˈveɪʃən/ n
  1. the act or an instance of motivating
  2. desire to do; interest or drive
  3. incentive or inducement
  4. the process that arouses, sustains and regulates human and animal behaviour

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