Definition of inspire
1a : to influence, move, or guide by divine or supernatural inspirationb : to exert an animating, enlivening, or exalting influence on was particularly inspired by the Romanticistsc : to spur on : impel, motivate threats don't necessarily inspire people to workd : affect seeing the old room again inspired him with nostalgia
2a archaic : to breathe or blow into or uponb archaic : to infuse (something, such as life) by breathing … inspired into him an active soul … — Wisdom of Solomon 15:11
3a : to communicate to an agent supernaturallyb : to draw forth or bring out thoughts inspired by a visit to the cathedral
4 : inhale 1
6 : to spread (rumor) by indirect means or through the agency of another
Examples of inspire in a Sentence
He inspired generations of future scientists.
Her courage has inspired us.
His discoveries inspired a whole new line of scientific research.
Her first novel was inspired by her early childhood.
The news inspired hope that the war might end soon.
Recent Examples of inspire from the Web
Use these items to create a color-coded, rainbow inspired mosaic.
Lee worked closely with prolific indie artist Will Johnson in crafting Yadin's brooding lyrics, which are inspired by the spiritual quests of poet Gerard Manley Hopkins and the works of alt-country greats like Gram Parsons.
The protests at different Pride parades around the country have inspired conversations about working within the system versus overthrowing it and about the intersectionality (that should be) inherent in the LGBTQ pursuit of equality.
In Your Closet: Witchy wild woman! Get inspired by the rocker looks of Stevie Nicks in the 70s.
The only thing better than cake is cake that's inspired by mermaids.
In what was an old general store next to the Dairy, Malkemus and Yurgatis envisioned creating a wine and cheese bar inspired by the Italian region of Puglia to showcase Benham’s handiwork.
This past weekend in Paris, designer Kris Van Assche celebrated his tenth year at Dior Homme with a collection inspired by the label's heritage of high-end craftsmanship.
Martin says its chairman, Yang Ho Cho, admires California's scenic beauty so that inspired the design -- starting with the glass crown on top.
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Origin and Etymology of inspire
Middle English, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French inspirer, from Latin inspirare, from in- + spirare to breathe
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
INSPIRE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of inspire for English Language Learners
: to make (someone) want to do something : to give (someone) an idea about what to do or create
: to cause (something) to happen or be created
: to cause someone to have (a feeling or emotion)
INSPIRE Defined for Kids
Definition of inspire for Students
1 : to move or guide by divine influence
2 : to move (someone) to act, create, or feel emotions : arouse The Senator's comments inspired me to write a letter.
3 : to cause something to occur or to be created or done It was a people's movement, inspired by the courageous acts of ordinary citizens … — Christopher Paul Curtis, The Watsons
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