transitive verb

ˈinzpəˌrāt sometimes -(ˌ)piˌ- or -pēˌ- or chiefly British -ˌpīˌ-;
archaic : inspire
phonetics : to articulate during inhalation

Word History


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

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“Inspirate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2023.

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