- To motivate is defined as to inspire someone to act.
An example of to motivate is to tell someone an inspirational quote.
motivate definition by Webster's New World
motivate definition by American Heritage Dictionary
transitive verb mo·ti·vat·ed, mo·ti·vat·ing, mo·ti·vates
To provide with an incentive; move to action; impel.
- moˈti·vaˌtor noun