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.
Recent Examples on the Web And in one of the more inspired creations, last summer, Back Forty Beer Company in Gadsden unveiled a seasonal lager made with stone-ground corn from McEwen & Son’s. Bob Carlton |, al, "The story behind these glorious Alabama grits," 24 Feb. 2021 But some chefs are creating new models to survive in this difficult moment — and feel inspired to continue shedding norms in the future. Janelle Bitker,, "Many Bay Area chefs used to see pop-ups as a pit stop. The pandemic made them a long-term plan," 25 Jan. 2021 Though there is not as much football as the title seems to promise, this is an inspired and necessary work of history. Olive Fellows, The Christian Science Monitor, "Forced into camps, Japanese Americans found respite in football," 13 Jan. 2021 The Lions put together one of their most inspired defensive efforts this season in a 34-30 win at Chicago. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions coach: There better be extra energy this week vs. Packers," 9 Dec. 2020 Whittingham gave an inspired short speech that day, as did Harlan, who later presented Jordan’s family with a certificate of academic achievement. Josh Newman, The Salt Lake Tribune, "How Ty Jordan’s death impacted Ute student athletes: ‘Overwhelming to consider’," 15 Jan. 2021 And now, 2021 is kicking off with yet another inspired alliance: Beloved natural deodorant brand Native is launching a collaboration with one of our favorite designers, Justina Blakeney. Marci Robin, Allure, "Native Teamed Up With Jungalow to Launch New Deodorant and Body Wash Scents," 5 Jan. 2021 The Lion King live-action prequel: Currently in development with an inspired take that revisits the iconic characters. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Check Out All the Big Announcements From Disney Investors Day," 11 Dec. 2020 Whether performing seasonal songs or not, the New Standards' calling card is their flair for inspired reimaginations of the familiar. Star Tribune, "Twin Cities lounge trio New Standards deliver a joyously jazzy 'Holiday Show' album," 10 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of inspired

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Inspired.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of inspired

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

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