in·​spired | \ in-ˈspī(-ə)rd How to pronounce inspired (audio) \

Definition of inspired

: outstanding or brilliant in a way or to a degree suggestive of divine inspiration gave an inspired performance

Examples of inspired in a Sentence

She gave an inspired performance. He was an inspired choice for the role.

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The result was a line for women in search of easy-to-wear, loosely vintage-inspired pieces that endure season after season. Christine Whitney, The Cut, "L.A. Designer on Why You Should Never Say Never in Fashion," 19 Mar. 2018 Has anyone else noticed how inspired and calm artist Portia Cobb seems on her sabbatical, with images of book pages, blue skies and beautiful food (thank you for the tip on the Tippecanoe Herbs & Apothecary). Mary Louise Schumacher, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee's most Instagrammable artists and places," 11 May 2018 Switch up your breakfast game with this Asian-inspired rice bowl. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Sticky Rice Bowl," 12 Feb. 2018 The 95-year-old was inspired to open the museum during a trip to his local plumbing supply store. Lauren Smith, Good Housekeeping, "There's a Museum in Texas Dedicated Entirely to Toilet Seat Art," 3 Jan. 2017 Add a pinch to tomato sauce for Moroccan-inspired flavor, or swirl a spoonful into our next superfood… 8. Marygrace Taylor, Woman's Day, "These 10 Foods Are Cheaper and Healthier Than Pricey 'Superfoods'," 24 Nov. 2014 Analysts say the governing coalition of the anti-immigration League party and the antiestablishment 5 Star Movement may not survive the year, offering the potential for further politically inspired volatility. ... Avantika Chilkoti, WSJ, "Investors Dive Back Into Italy Even as Recession Bites," 19 Feb. 2019 Related Founded in 1964 by Cuban-inspired Marxists and Catholic priests, the ELN operates out of rural areas between Colombia and Venezuela. Kejal Vyas, WSJ, "Colombian Rebel Group Claims Responsibility for Police Bombing," 21 Jan. 2019 The entire collection was based around one item: A Japanese-inspired jewelry organizer styled like a bento box. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Marie Kondo's Massive Net Worth Proves That It Pays to Keep a Tidy House," 16 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of inspired

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of inspired

: very good or clever
: having a particular cause or influence

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