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  1. motive

    • IPA[ˈməʊtɪv]

    英式

    • n.
      a reason for doing something;a motif in art, literature, or music.
    • adj.
      producing physical or mechanical motion;causing or being the reason for something
    • noun: motive, plural noun: motives

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    • 1. producing physical or mechanical motion the charge of gas is the motive force for every piston stroke
    • 2. causing or being the reason for something the motive principle of a writer's work
    • n.
      the energy (in the form of steam, electricity, etc.) used to drive machinery.

    Oxford American Dictionary

    • n.
      the energy (in the form of steam, electricity, etc.) used to drive machinery.

    Oxford Dictionary

    • n.
      the desire for financial gain as an incentive in economic activity: when suppliers are not driven by the profit motive, they cease to be customer-oriented

    Oxford American Dictionary

    • n.
      the desire for financial gain as an incentive in economic activity: when suppliers are not driven by the profit motive, they cease to be customer-oriented

    Oxford Dictionary

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    • IPA[ˈmōdiv]

    美式

    • n.
      a reason for doing something, especially one that is hidden or not obvious: a motive for his murder
    • adj.
      producing physical or mechanical motion: the charge of gas is the motive force for every piston stroke

    Oxford American Dictionary