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motivate (v.)

"to stimulate toward action, act as the inciting cause of," 1863, from motive + -ate (2); perhaps modeled on French motiver or German motivieren. Related: Motivated; motivating.

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Definitions of motivate from WordNet

motivate (v.)
give an incentive for action;
Synonyms: actuate / propel / move / prompt / incite
From wordnet.princeton.edu