motivation

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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
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 © 2016
mo•ti•va•tion  (mō′tə vāshən), 
n. 
  1. the act or an instance of motivating.
  2. the state or condition of being motivated.
  3. something that motivates;
    inducement;
    incentive.
Etymology:
  • motive + -ation 1870–75
mo′ti•vation•al, adj. 
moti•va′tive, adj. 

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