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We found 48 dictionaries with English definitions that include the word motive:
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General dictionaries General (31 matching dictionaries)
  1. motive: Merriam-Webster.com [home, info]
  2. motive: Oxford Dictionaries [home, info]
  3. motive: American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language [home, info]
  4. motive: Collins English Dictionary [home, info]
  5. motive: Vocabulary.com [home, info]
  6. motive, motive: Macmillan Dictionary [home, info]
  7. Motive, motive: Wordnik [home, info]
  8. motive: Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary [home, info]
  9. motive: Wiktionary [home, info]
  10. -motive, motive: Webster's New World College Dictionary, 4th Ed. [home, info]
  11. motive: V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary [home, info]
  12. -motive, motive: The Wordsmyth English Dictionary-Thesaurus [home, info]
  13. motive: Infoplease Dictionary [home, info]
  14. -motive, motive: Dictionary.com [home, info]
  15. motive: Online Etymology Dictionary [home, info]
  16. motive: UltraLingua English Dictionary [home, info]
  17. motive: Cambridge Dictionary of American English [home, info]
  18. Motive (Red Box album), Motive (TV series), Motive (algebraic geometry), Motive (disambiguation), Motive (law), Motive, The Motive (film), The Motive (song): Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia [home, info]
  19. Motive: Online Plain Text English Dictionary [home, info]
  20. motive: Webster's Revised Unabridged, 1913 Edition [home, info]
  21. motive: Rhymezone [home, info]
  22. motive: AllWords.com Multi-Lingual Dictionary [home, info]
  23. motive: Webster's 1828 Dictionary [home, info]
  24. Motive: 1911 edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica [home, info]
  25. motive: Free Dictionary [home, info]
  26. motive: Mnemonic Dictionary [home, info]
  27. motive: WordNet 1.7 Vocabulary Helper [home, info]
  28. motive: LookWAYup Translating Dictionary/Thesaurus [home, info]
  29. motive: Dictionary/thesaurus [home, info]

Art dictionaries Art (4 matching dictionaries)
  1. motive: Essentials of Music [home, info]
  2. MOTIVE: Shakespeare Glossary [home, info]
  3. Motive: Virginia Tech Multimedia Music Dictionary [home, info]
  4. -motive: A Cross Reference of Latin and Greek Elements [home, info]

Business dictionaries Business (7 matching dictionaries)
  1. motive: Law.com Dictionary [home, info]
  2. motive: Everybody's Legal Dictionary [home, info]
  4. motive: Glossary of Legal Terms [home, info]
  5. MOTIVE: Bouvier's Law Dictionary 1856 Edition [home, info]
  6. motive: Legal dictionary [home, info]
  7. motive: BusinessDictionary.com [home, info]

Computing dictionaries Computing (1 matching dictionary)
  1. motive: Encyclopedia [home, info]

Medicine dictionaries Medicine (2 matching dictionaries)
  1. motive: online medical dictionary [home, info]
  2. motive: Medical dictionary [home, info]

Miscellaneous dictionaries Miscellaneous (1 matching dictionary)
  1. MOTIVE: Glossary of Ethical Terms [home, info]

Science dictionaries Science (1 matching dictionary)
  1. Motive: Eric Weisstein's World of Mathematics [home, info]

Slang dictionaries Slang (1 matching dictionary)
  1. motive: Urban Dictionary [home, info]

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Quick definitions from WordNet (motive)

noun:  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 ("He acted with the best of motives")
noun:  a theme that is elaborated on in a piece of music

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