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My motive, and I will make it clear and look you in the eyes, is to attack major league baseball. That's my motive.
Jose Canseco

Meaning of "motive" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD MOTIVE

From Old French motif, from Late Latin mōtīvus (adj) moving, from Latin mōtus, past participle of movēre to move.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF MOTIVE

motive  [ˈməʊtɪv] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF MOTIVE

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Motive is a verb and can also act as a noun and an adjective.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

The adjective is the word that accompanies the noun to determine or qualify it.

The verb is the part of the sentence that is conjugated and expresses action and state of being.

See the conjugation of the verb motive in English.

WHAT DOES MOTIVE MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Definition of motive in the English dictionary

The first definition of motive in the dictionary is the reason for a certain course of action, whether conscious or unconscious. Other definition of motive is of or causing motion or action. Motive is also of or acting as a motive; motivating.


CONJUGATION OF THE VERB TO MOTIVE

PRESENT

Present
I motive
you motive
he/she/it motives
we motive
you motive
they motive
Present continuous
I am motiving
you are motiving
he/she/it is motiving
we are motiving
you are motiving
they are motiving
Present perfect
I have motived
you have motived
he/she/it has motived
we have motived
you have motived
they have motived
Present perfect continuous
I have been motiving
you have been motiving
he/she/it has been motiving
we have been motiving
you have been motiving
they have been motiving
Present tense is used to refer to circumstances that exist at the present time or over a period that includes the present time. The present perfect refers to past events, although it can be considered to denote primarily the resulting present situation rather than the events themselves.

PAST

Past
I motived
you motived
he/she/it motived
we motived
you motived
they motived
Past continuous
I was motiving
you were motiving
he/she/it was motiving
we were motiving
you were motiving
they were motiving
Past perfect
I had motived
you had motived
he/she/it had motived
we had motived
you had motived
they had motived
Past perfect continuous
I had been motiving
you had been motiving
he/she/it had been motiving
we had been motiving
you had been motiving
they had been motiving
Past tense forms express circumstances existing at some time in the past,

FUTURE

Future
I will motive
you will motive
he/she/it will motive
we will motive
you will motive
they will motive
Future continuous
I will be motiving
you will be motiving
he/she/it will be motiving
we will be motiving
you will be motiving
they will be motiving
Future perfect
I will have motived
you will have motived
he/she/it will have motived
we will have motived
you will have motived
they will have motived
Future perfect continuous
I will have been motiving
you will have been motiving
he/she/it will have been motiving
we will have been motiving
you will have been motiving
they will have been motiving
The future is used to express circumstances that will occur at a later time.

CONDITIONAL

Conditional
I would motive
you would motive
he/she/it would motive
we would motive
you would motive
they would motive
Conditional continuous
I would be motiving
you would be motiving
he/she/it would be motiving
we would be motiving
you would be motiving
they would be motiving
Conditional perfect
I would have motive
you would have motive
he/she/it would have motive
we would have motive
you would have motive
they would have motive
Conditional perfect continuous
I would have been motiving
you would have been motiving
he/she/it would have been motiving
we would have been motiving
you would have been motiving
they would have been motiving
Conditional or "future-in-the-past" tense refers to hypothetical or possible actions.

IMPERATIVE

Imperative
you motive
we let´s motive
you motive
The imperative is used to form commands or requests.
NONFINITE VERB FORMS
Infinitive
to motive
Past participle
motived
Present Participle
motiving
Infinitive shows the action beyond temporal perspective. The present participle or gerund shows the action during the session. The past participle shows the action after completion.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH MOTIVE


attributive
əˈtrɪbjʊtɪv
automotive
ˌɔːtəˈməʊtɪv
connotive
kəˈnəʊtɪv
consecutive
kənˈsɛkjʊtɪv
contributive
kənˈtrɪbjʊtɪv
denotive
dɪˈnəʊtɪv
diminutive
dɪˈmɪnjʊtɪv
distributive
dɪˈstrɪbjʊtɪv
electromotive
ɪˌlɛktrəʊˈməʊtɪv
emotive
ɪˈməʊtɪv
evolutive
ɪˈvɒljʊtɪv
executive
ɪɡˈzɛkjʊtɪv
locomotive
ˌləʊkəˈməʊtɪv
magnetomotive
mæɡˌniːtəʊˈməʊtɪv
nonautomotive
ˌnɒnˌɔːtəˈməʊtɪv
promotive
prəˈməʊtɪv
redistributive
ˌriːdɪsˈtrɪbjʊtɪv
retributive
rɪˈtrɪbjʊtɪv
terremotive
ˌtɛrɪˈməʊtɪv
votive
ˈvəʊtɪv

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE MOTIVE

motioner
motionist
motionless
motionlessly
motionlessness
motivate
motivated
motivation
motivation research
motivational
motivational research
motivationally
motivative
motivator
motive power
motiveless
motivelessly
motivelessness
motivic
motivity

WORDS THAT END LIKE MOTIVE

active
administrative
alternative
competitive
cooperative
creative
effective
in the negative
interactive
native
negative
perspective
positive
profit motive
relative
representative
respective
sensitive
tank locomotive
ulterior motive

Synonyms and antonyms of motive in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «MOTIVE»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «motive» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of motive

Translation of «motive» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF MOTIVE

Find out the translation of motive to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of motive from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «motive» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

动机
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

motivo
570 millions of speakers

English

motive
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

मकसद
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

حَافِزٌ
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

мотив
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

motivo
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

অভিপ্রায়
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

mobile
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Motif
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Motiv
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

動機
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

동기
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Motif
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

động cơ
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

நோக்கம்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

हेतू
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

güdü
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

motivo
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

motyw
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

мотив
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

motiv
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

κίνητρο
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

motief
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

motiv
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

motiv
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of motive

TRENDS

TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «MOTIVE»

The term «motive» is very widely used and occupies the 13.103 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «MOTIVE» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «motive» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «motive» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about motive

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10 QUOTES WITH «MOTIVE»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word motive.
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Cleveland Abbe
The atmosphere is much too near for dreams. It forces us to action. It is close to us. We are in it and of it. It rouses us both to study and to do. We must know its moods and also its motive forces.
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Gary Ackerman
Looking forward, it might prove constructive to examine the true historical record of an issue prior to assuming the worst of anyone's motive and deconstructing and questioning anyone's Democratic bona fides. After all, we liberals got feelings.
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Mortimer Adler
We acknowledge but one motive - to follow the truth as we know it, whithersoever it may lead us; but in our heart of hearts we are well assured that the truth which has made us free, will in the end make us glad also.
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Alex Berenson
Evidence of defendants' lavish lifestyles is often used to provide a motive for fraud. Jurors sometimes wonder why an executive making tens of millions of dollars would cheat to make even more. Evidence of habitual gluttony helps provide the answer.
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William J. Brennan, Jr.
Sex, a great and mysterious motive force in human life, has indisputably been a subject of absorbing interest to mankind through the ages.
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Jean de la Bruyere
It's motive alone which gives character to the actions of men.
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Jose Canseco
My motive, and I will make it clear and look you in the eyes, is to attack major league baseball. That's my motive.
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Kate Chopin
Some people are born with a vital and responsive energy. It not only enables them to keep abreast of the times; it qualifies them to furnish in their own personality a good bit of the motive power to the mad pace.
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Nathan Deal
Just because scientists have the knowledge to do it, the technology to do it, and some may even have a financial motive or other incentive to do it, does not make it right.
10
Oliver Ellsworth
A desire of gain is common to mankind, and the general motive to business and industry.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «MOTIVE»

Discover the use of motive in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to motive and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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The Anatomy Of Motive
But eventually, it all comes down to motive. In every case we come across, the first question we ask is Why? Why is this happening? Why does someone want to do something to this particular person or this particular company? What does the  ...
John Douglas, 2012
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The Justice Motive in Everyday Life
This book contains essays in honour of Melvin J. Lerner, a pioneer in the psychological study of justice. The contributors to this volume are internationally renowned scholars from psychology, business, and law.
Michael Ross, Dale T. Miller, 2002
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Ulterior Motive
After the brutal slaying of Jack Malcolm, owner of Megasoft and a presidential candidate, Megasoft project manager Jonathan Goodman witnesses the murder of another employee and strives to unravel the conspiracy before he becomes the next ...
Daniel Oran, 1998
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Reflexions on the Motive Power of Fire: A Critical Edition ...
English editions (ix) Reflections on the motive power of heat and on machines fitted to develop that power. From the original French of N.L.S. Camot. Edited | and translated] by R.H. Thurston (New York: Wiley, 1890; London: Macmillan, 1890), ...
Sadi Carnot, 1986
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The People Code: It's All About Your Innate Motive
In his life-changing book, Dr. Taylor Hartman introduces you to the People Code and why people do what they do.
Taylor Hartman, 2007
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Reflections on the Motive Power of Heat and on MacHines ...
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1890 edition. Excerpt: ... III.
Sadi Carnot, 2013
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The Justice Motive as a Personal Resource: Dealing with ...
This is true for all people of all ages and in all areas of life, for those struggling with their daily tasks as well as for those coping with a critical life event.
Claudia Dalbert, 2001
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Aurora's Motive
A fictionalized recreation of the tragedy of Aurora Rodriguez who--having raised her daughter to carry on her own socialist ideals and seeing her torn between politics and passion--ended the young woman's life
Erich Hackl, 1989
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Hidden Motive
Someone had murdered her grandfather.
Hannah Alexander, 2008
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Advanced Schenkerian Analysis: Perspectives on Phrase ...
Advanced Schenkerian Analysis: Perspectives on Phrase Rhythm, Motive, and Form is a textbook for students with some background in Schenkerian theory.
David Beach, 2013

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «MOTIVE»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term motive is used in the context of the following news items.
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FBI Still Searching For Motive In Chattanooga, Tenn., Shootings
The FBI held a press conference Wednesday to provide the latest in the Chattanooga, Tenn., shootings. Authorities say it's too early to tell if the ... «NPR, Jul 15»
2
Motive unclear in Laytonville slayings
Talen Clark Barton, shown in a booking photo, was arrested Sunday and jailed on two counts of murder and two counts of attempted murder. «Santa Rosa Press Democrat, Jul 15»
3
State: Divorce, money issues were motive for murder
The state claims that in addition to quarrels over child-related expenses, jealousy was an issue — and a possible motive for murder. Pamela ... «Bloomington Pantagraph, Jul 15»
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Bickering with bullets? YouTube raps, Facebook taunts support …
... for Poole-Knight on the gang charge, which involves proving the defendant belonged to a gang and that the membership provided the motive ... «MLive.com, Jul 15»
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Bobbi Kristina Brown: Cops Reveal A Motive For Murder!
Criminal investigators have identified a possible motive for murder and a suspect in the tragedy of Bobbi Kristina Brown, The National ... «The National Enquirer, Jul 15»
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Louis Berger case: Opposition questions Goa government motive
As the Congress and AAP in Goa on Wednesday said the BJP-led government had much to hide in the Louis Berger bribery case, the state ... «Business Standard, Jul 15»
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Chattanooga Shooter Was Possibly Troubled; Motive a Mystery
Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez was supposed to appear in court next week for driving under the influence of alcohol. Instead authorities are ... «ABC News, Jul 15»
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Wolf Blitzer Breaks News: Tennessee Gunman's Motive Looks Like …
They finally found the motive? Oh, wow, CNN is on the case, folks, they found the motive. Well, they didn't; authorities did. Authorities now say ... «RushLimbaugh.com, Jul 15»
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Killing at Wyoming detox center: City worker's anger at homeless …
Killing at Wyoming detox center: City worker's anger at homeless called motive. Associated Press. Posted: 07/21/2015 08:05:54 AM PDT. Updated: 07/21/2015 ... «San Jose Mercury News, Jul 15»
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Police say drugs a motive in kidnapping in Lake City
LAKE CITY, Fla. -- Lake City Police say drugs seemed to be the motive to why two people were held against their will. Officials say one of the ... «WCJB, Jul 15»

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« EDUCALINGO. Motive [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/motive>. Apr 2020 ».
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