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verb [with object]
1fill (someone) with the urge or ability to do or feel something, especially to do something creative: [with object and infinitive]:his passion for romantic literature inspired him to begin writing create (a feeling, especially a positive one) in a person:their past record does not inspire confidence
(inspire someone with
) animate someone with (such a feeling):he inspired his students with a vision of freedom
give rise to:the movie was successful enough to inspire a sequel 2breathe in (air); inhale.