Definition of inspire in English:

inspire

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Pronunciation: /ɪnˈspʌɪə
 
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verb

[with object]
  • 2Breathe in (air); inhale: they can expand their lungs and inspire enough gas to satisfy oxygen requirements
    More example sentences
    • In the current study, breathing pattern was measured using a pneumotachograph attached to a T piece while the patient inspired supplemental oxygen.

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.

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'.

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