Verb motivate has 1 sense
  1. motivate, actuate, propel, move, prompt, incite - give an incentive for action; "This moved me to sacrifice my career"
    --1 is one way to cause, do, make
    Derived forms: noun motivation2, noun motivation3, noun motivation1, noun motive1, noun motivator1
    Sample sentence:
    They motivate him to write the letter