motivate-v; 1 Senses

Sense Number 1: Give an incentive, justification or reason for action.

NOTE: Pay careful attention to passive uses of this verb. If you are unsure which sense a passive sentence belongs in, convert it into an active voice.For example, sentence 4 could be seen as 'A sports fantasy motivated Michael Jordan to contiue his career.'

This motivated me to sacrifice my career.
The is little to motivate gold traders to buy the metal.
The company motivates sales people with commissions.
Michael Jordan was motivated by a sports fantasy to continue his
Motivate your key assumptions and general modeling approach.
Be sure to motivate your analysis.

VerbNet: force-59
FrameNet: Cause_to_start,Suasion
PropBank: motivate.01, motivate.02
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1