English - Vietnamese Dictionary
motive /'moutiv/Concise Dictionary
- tính từ
- vận động, chuyển động
- motive power (force): động lực
- danh từ
- cớ, lý do, động cơ (của một hành động)
+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
Advanced English 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.
noun, adjectiveCollocation Dictionary
~ (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)
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.
We give aid to other countries with mixed motives.
| financial, political, racial
VERB + MOTIVE
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.
However you explain the motives behind his actions, he was still wrong.
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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