Definition of inspire
- was particularly inspired by the Romanticists
- seeing the old room again inspired him with nostalgia
- … inspired into him an active soul …
- —Wisdom of Solomon 15:11
- thoughts inspired by a visit to the cathedral
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.
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First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
: 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)
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