motive
Noun
1. (reason) 
a. la motivo m, razón (F) 
2. (law) 
a. el móvil (M) 
adjective
3. (general) 
a. no direct translation 
motive forcefuerza motriz
motive [ˈməʊtɪv]
noun
motivo (m); (for crime) móvil (m)
what can his motive have been? ¿qué motivos habrá tenido?; my motives were of the purest lo hice con la mejor intención
adjective
motor fem: motora/motriz; (fem: motora/motriz)
modifier
motive power (n) fuerza (f) motriz
Phrases with "motive"
Here are the most popular phrases with "motive." Click the phrases to see the full entry.
ulterior motive
el motivo encubierto
motive is a conjugated form of the verb motivar - View Conjugation
motivar
transitive verb
1. (to encourage) 
El entrenador motivó al equipo con un discurso apasionado antes del partido.The coach motivated his team with a passionate speech before the game.
2. (to produce) 
a. to cause 
El fin de la Guerra Fría motivó un cambio en nuestra política exterior.The end of the Cold War caused a change in our foreign policy.
El homicidio fue motivado por los celos.The homicide was motivated by jealousy.
motivar
transitive verb
1. (impulsar) 
a. to motivate 
2. (causar) 
a. to cause 
motivar
transitive verb
1 (estimular) to motivate
los estudios ya no la motivan she is no longer motivated by her studies
2 (causar) to cause
un retraso motivado por circunstancias ajenas a su voluntad a delay caused by circumstances beyond his control
3 (explicar) to justify; explain
motivó su decisión con razonamientos muy válidos she had some very sound reasons to justify her decision
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