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motivated

Someone who is motivated has a cause to do something. If you have a habit of eating cheesecake for breakfast, an image of clogged arteries taped to your fridge might make you a motivated dieter.

You’ll find motive hidden inside motivated––and from detective movies you know every crime has a motive, or a reason it was committed. Racially-motivated crimes can spark riots. A killer might be motivated by jealousy, anger and greed. Being motivated doesn't always lead to crime, though. If you’re one of those rare birds that sticks to New Year’s resolutions, people probably ask, “How do you stay motivated?!” They mean, “How you avoid giving up like the rest of us?”

Definitions of motivated
  1. adjective
    strongly driven to succeed or achieve something
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    Antonyms:
    unmotivated
    lacking interest, drive, or ambition
  2. adjective
    provided with a motive or given incentive for action
    “a highly motivated child can learn almost anything”
    “a group of politically motivated men”
    Synonyms:
    intended
    resulting from one's intentions
    actuated
    moved to action
    driven, impelled
    urged or forced to action through moral pressure
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    Antonyms:
    unmotivated
    without motivation
    unintended
    not deliberate
    causeless, reasonless
    having no justifying cause or reason
    motiveless, unprovoked, wanton
    occurring without motivation or provocation
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