Definition of inspire in English:

inspire

Syllabification: in·spire
Pronunciation: /inˈspīr
 
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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
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  • Let them stimulate your creativity and inspire you to begin a certification project in your own association.
  • The challenge inspires me to urge the government to decide boldly to go ahead with the Bid.
  • Pat's athletic ability inspired him to use his talents for the betterment of many local charities and so began a lifetime of running marathons for both worthy local causes and national charities.
Synonyms
stimulate, motivate, encourage, influence, rouse, move, stir, energize, galvanize, incite; animate, fire, excite, spark, inspirit, incentivize, affectinspirational, encouraging, heartening, uplifting, stirring, rousing, stimulating, electrifying; moving, affecting, impassioned, influential
1.1Create (a feeling, especially a positive one) in a person: their past record does not inspire confidence
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  • The gearbox is tight, but positive and the steering inspires confidence.
  • It inspires feelings of affection and loyalty and such feelings are to be valued, not carelessly disregarded.
  • Just reading the name inspires feeling of pity - imagine sharing your middle name with a town most famous for having an unusually large bus station.
Synonyms
arouse, awaken, prompt, induce, ignite, trigger, kindle, produce, bring out
literary enkindle
1.2 (inspire someone with) Animate someone with (such a feeling): he inspired his students with a vision of freedom
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  • A review of your native mountains, of their heights of gray sublimity, and their dark woody glens would now inspire you with more noble enthusiasm than all the fertile and classic shores of Greece.
  • The way the thing in Peru started, is because they were inspired with what we were doing here.
  • Paul and his mother both know that Mrs. Morel herself inspires Paul with the strength and the warmth to do his best at painting, but it is Miriam who brings out the intensity and the depth of his work.
1.3Give rise to: the movie was successful enough to inspire a sequel
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  • Asante's decision to make her central character an 18-year-old racist white girl was inspired by the rise in girl gang crime a few years ago.
  • Heading this new effort to bring styles inspired by the famous professional golfer to the market is David Capano, a former senior executive at Vantage.
  • That rise was inspired by the launch of the company's NavStream 3000 platform, which allows accurate indoor and outdoor positioning across a range of devices.
Synonyms
2Breathe in (air); inhale.
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  • In the current study, breathing pattern was measured using a pneumotachograph attached to a T piece while the patient inspired supplemental oxygen.

Origin

Middle English enspire, from Old French inspirer, from Latin inspirare 'breathe or blow into', from in- 'into' + spirare 'breathe'. The word was originally used of a divine or supernatural being, in the sense 'impart a truth or idea to someone'.

Derivatives

inspirer

noun
More example sentences
  • Can Science Fiction writers, inspirers of futures, cause a seed change in the American imagination so that, in turn, our leaders can be influenced?
  • This isn't to say, however, that we should not be celebrating our brightest and best, our innovators, energisers and inspirers in the fields of arts, science, business and beyond.
  • It would mean that women would have a central part in the culture, as muses and inspirers certainly, but also as honourable beings in their own right.

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