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 for motivation
From 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.]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  motivation \motivation\ n.
     1. The act or process of motivating.
     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[2]; as, the image of a peaceful world is a
        powerful motivation for only a rare few individuals.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 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; "we did
           not understand his motivation"; "he acted with the best of
           motives" [syn: motivation, motive, need]
      2: the condition of being motivated; "his motivation was at a
         high level"
      3: the act of motivating; providing incentive [syn:
         motivation, motivating]

From 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

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