Từ điển trực tuyến - Online Dictionary

English - Vietnamese Dictionary
motive /'moutiv/
  • tính từ
    • vận động, chuyển động
      • motive power (force): động lực
  • danh từ
    • cớ, lý do, động cơ (của một hành động)
    • (như) motif
    • ngoại động từ
      • (như) motivate
    Concise Dictionary
    +the 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
    +a theme that is elaborated on in a piece of music
    +causing or able to cause motion
    +impelling to action

    Thesaurus Dictionary
    1 inducement, incentive, motivation, stimulus, motivating force, stimulation, incitement, influence, cause, reason, rationale, grounds; attraction, lure, enticement, goad, spur, urge, prod:
    It is thought that jealousy was his motive for murder.
    2 purpose, aim, intention, intent, object, objective, goal, end, arrière pensée (= 'hidden motive'); ambition, desire; Colloq angle:
    I asked the chairman what his motive was in trying to expand the company.
    3 driving, impelling, propelling, propulsive, moving, kinetic, activating, operative:
    The motive power used in the ultra-light aircraft is provided entirely by the pilot's pedalling.
    Advanced English Dictionary
    noun, adjective
    + noun
    ~ (for sth) a reason for doing sth: There seemed to be no motive for the murder. + I'm suspicious of his motives. + the profit motive (= the desire to make a profit) + I have an ulterior motive in offering to help you.
    motiveless adjective: an apparently motiveless murder / attack
    + adjective [only before noun] (technical) causing movement or action: motive power / force (for example, electricity, to operate machinery)
    Collocation Dictionary


    hidden, ulterior | clear, good, strong
    There seemed to be no clear motive for the attack. I'd say he had a very strong motive for wanting her dead.
    | high, pure
    He was acting from the highest motives when he offered her money.
    | base, selfish | prime | real | underlying
    She was not sure what his underlying motives were.
    | mixed
    We give aid to other countries with mixed motives.
    | financial, political, racial


    be inspired by, have
    She knew that he was inspired by base motives.
    | establish, find, suggest
    The police are still trying to establish a motive for the attack.
    | be suspicious of, examine, question
    He was suspicious of her motives in inviting him into the house. She should examine her motives for marrying him.
    | explain
    However you explain the motives behind his actions, he was still wrong.
    | understand


    ~ in
    What was their motive in setting fire to the building?
    | ~ behind
    There is no doubt about the motive behind it all.
    | ~ for
    There may be a hidden motive for his departure.
    | ~ of
    acting from motives of revenge

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