Search Result for "motivation":
1. the psychological feature that arouses an organism to action toward a desired goal; the reason for the action; that which gives purpose and direction to behavior;
- Example: "we did not understand his motivation"
- Example: "he acted with the best of motives"
[syn: motivation, motive, need]
2. the condition of being motivated;
- Example: "his motivation was at a high level"
3. the act of motivating; providing incentive;
[syn: motivation, motivating]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Motivate \Mo"ti*vate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. -vated; p. pr. & vb. n. -vating.] [From Motive, n.] To provide with a motive; to move; impel; induce; incite. -- Mo`ti*va"tion, n. --William James. Syn: move, prompt, incite, induce impel, drive. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
motivation \motivation\ n. 1. The act or process of motivating. [PJC] 2. The mental process that arouses an organism to action; as, a large part of a teacher's job is to give students the motivation to learn on their own. Syn: motive, need. [WordNet 1.5 +PJC] 3. The goal or mental image of a goal that creates a motivation; as, the image of a peaceful world is a powerful motivation for only a rare few individuals. [PJC]Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
57 Moby Thesaurus words for "motivation": activity, actuation, animation, aptitude, aptness, brightness, catalyst, cleverness, direction, docility, dynamics, educability, facility, going, impetus, impressionability, impulse, incentive, incitation, incitement, influence, inner-direction, instigation, intelligence, kinematics, kinesipathy, kinesis, kinesitherapy, kinetics, malleability, mobilization, moldability, motion, move, movement, moving, other-direction, plasticity, pliability, prompting, quickness, readiness, receptivity, restlessness, running, spur, stimulant, stimulation, stir, stirring, susceptibility, teachability, teachableness, trainableness, unrest, velocity, willingness