transitive verb in·spi·rate \ˈinzpəˌrāt sometimes -(ˌ)piˌ- or -pēˌ- or chiefly British -ˌpīˌ-; ˈin(t)(ˌ)sp-\

Definition of inspirate


  1. 1 archaic :  inspire

  2. 2 phonetics :  to articulate during inhalation

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Origin and Etymology of inspirate

Latin inspiratus, past participle of inspirare to inspire, breathe into

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a trip made at another's expense

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