When a basketball coach gives his team a motivating speech, the players walk away from it feeling full of enthusiasm, inspired to win the game. Motivating means "providing incentive or impelling to action."

Motivating can describe a talk or a force or a message of some kind, and in that case it's an adjective. It can also be used as a verb, as when your friend says, "My belly is so fat, it's motivating me to stop eating so much ice cream."

Definitions of motivating
  1. adjective
    impelling to action
    motivating arguments”
    synonyms: motivative, motive
    producing an effect
  2. noun
    the act of motivating; providing incentive
    synonyms: motivation
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    type of:
    act, deed, human action, human activity
    something that people do or cause to happen
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