From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishmotivationmo‧ti‧va‧tion /ˌməʊtəˈveɪʃən $ ˌmoʊ-/ ●●○ AWL noun 1 [uncountable]ENTHUSIASTIC eagerness and willingness to do something without needing to be told or forced to do itsomebody’s motivation efforts to improve employees’ motivation Jack is an intelligent pupil, but he lacks motivation. a high level of motivation2 [countable]REASON the reason why you want to do somethingmotivation for (doing) something What was your motivation for becoming a teacher? Escape can be a strong motivation for travel.motivation behind There is suspicion about the motivation behind the changes we are debating. —motivational adjective motivational speeches
Examples from the Corpusmotivation• Enthusiasm and motivation aren't usually problems for this team.• Aspirations, a sense of how we can realise our potential, give us power and motivation.• Deviant motivations, for example, are still taken as given; it is conformity rather than deviance that remains problematic.• His motivation for wanting to stay on as manager is to see England as the top team in the world.• Fame was the main motivation for their efforts.• It was a major motivation for him, but he also enjoyed canoeing and all outdoor activities.• She enjoyed the excitement of her work. Money was not her only motivation.• Participative management is a very powerful motivation because it enables employees to have some measure of influence and control over work-related activities.• That motivation disappeared when it was discovered that the universe is expanding.motivation for (doing) something• Hence, they failed to recognize the inconsistency between their espoused motivations for management and how they derived satisfaction from work.• One reason is that it may not leave sufficient motivation for the individuals to set about increasing the value of the company.• The logical impenetrability of the administration's calculations at Camp David inevitably fuels speculation about the motivation for convening it.• None the less the motivation for it would come increasingly from the scholarship roles of the sociologists in society.• This is Gurr's full theoretical and comparative statement on the motivation for violent political conflict.• Allowing the client to choose in this way can often increase their motivation for the success of the treatment.From Longman Business Dictionarymotivationmo‧ti‧va‧tion /ˌməʊtəˈveɪʃənˌmoʊ-/ nounHUMAN RESOURCES1[uncountable] eagerness and willingness to do something without needing to be told or forced to do itSome of the workers seem to lack motivation.2[countable] the reason why you want to do somethingmotivation forWhat was your motivation for becoming a salesman?