HyperDic: motive

English > 5 senses of the word motive:
NOUNTopsmotive, motivation, needthe psychological feature that arouses an organism to action toward a desired goal
communicationmotive, motifa theme that is repeated or elaborated in a piece of music
artifactmotive, motifa design or figure that consists of recurring shapes or colors, as in architecture or decoration
ADJECTIVEallmotive, motorcausing or able to cause motion
allmotive, motivative, motivatingimpelling to action / action
motive > pronunciation
Soundsmow'tihv
Rhymesabortive ... vituperative: 304 rhymes with ihv...
English > motive: 5 senses > adjective 1
MeaningCausing or able to cause motion.
Examples
  • "a motive force"
  • "motive power"
Synonymmotor
Broadercausativeproducing an effect
Spanishmotor, motriz
Catalanmotor, motriu
Nounsmotivitythe power or ability to move
English > motive: 5 senses > adjective 2
Meaningimpelling to action / action.
Example "motive pleas"
Synonymsmotivative, motivating
Broadercausativeproducing an effect
Spanishmotivador
Catalanmotivador
Nounsmotivethe psychological feature that arouses an organism to action toward a desired goal
English > motive: 5 senses > noun 1, Tops
MeaningThe 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 "he acted with the best of motives"
Synonymsmotivation, need
Narrowerethical motive, ethics, morals, moralitymotivation based on ideas of right and wrong
irrational motiveA motivation that is inconsistent with reason or logic
lifeA motive for living
psychic energy, mental energyAn actuating force or factor
rational motiveA motive that can be defended by reasoning or logical argument
urge, impulseAn instinctive motive
Broaderpsychological featureA feature of the mental life of a living organism
Spanishmotivación, motivo, necesidad
Catalanmotiu, motivació, necessitat
Adjectivesmotiveimpelling to action / action
Verbsmotivategive an incentive for action / action
English > motive: 5 senses > noun 2, communication
MeaningA theme that is repeated or elaborated in a piece of music.
Synonymmotif
Narrowerobbligato, obligatoA persistent but subordinate motif
Broadertheme, melodic theme, musical theme, idea(music) melodic subject of a musical composition
Spanishmotivo
Catalanmotiu
English > motive: 5 senses > noun 3, artifact
MeaningA design or figure that consists of recurring shapes or colors, as in architecture or decoration.
Synonymmotif
Broaderdesign, pattern, figureA decorative or artistic work

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