motivation

 /ˌməʊtɪˈveɪʃən/


WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2014
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. [uncountable] the state or condition of being motivated; desire:Motivation was a key to their success.
mo•ti•va•tion•al, adj. See -mot-.

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