- To motivate is defined as to inspire someone to act.
An example of to motivate is to tell someone an inspirational quote.
transitive verbmo·ti·vat·ed, mo·ti·vat·ing, mo·ti·vates
- To provide with an incentive or a reason for doing something; impel: What motivated you to get a new job? Their criticism is motivated by jealousy.
- To cause to be enthusiastic: The coach motivated his players with an inspiring pep talk.
(third-person singular simple present motivates, present participle motivating, simple past and past participle motivated)