in·​spired in-ˈspī(-ə)rd How to pronounce inspired (audio)
: 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 The film not only bears witness to the self-surpassing power of inspired collaboration but, as an art work, also exemplifies it. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 19 Sep. 2023 What keeps you inspired, giving and motivated, even in difficult times? Akili King, Essence, 10 Sep. 2023 The sushi program echoes that of Santo’s Roma Norte location, with a focus on classic Japanese sushi — though some items feature an inspired Mexican twist, such as the signature hamachi-choco nigiri, which sears hamachi and tops it with Oaxacan chocolate and salt. Stephanie Breijo, Los Angeles Times, 4 Sep. 2023 And of course, guests can play their part by donning inspired looks from Disneyland’s Halloween merchandise collection, which includes specialty spirit jerseys, ear headbands, limited-edition popcorn buckets, and more. Carly Caramanna, Travel + Leisure, 28 Aug. 2023 For $55, an inspired shopper can purchase a set of glasses that also includes accused co-conspirators John Eastman, Jenna Ellis, Rudy Giuliani, Sidney Powell and Mark Meadows, all of whom had mugshots taken this week at the Atlanta jail. Robert Higgs, cleveland, 25 Aug. 2023 Her, an inspired set that took over radio and streaming for a good year and a half. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, 15 Aug. 2023 And in an inspired bit of casting, Oliver’s understandably confused company includes Loretta (Streep), who wows him at the audition, before making some more questionable choices as the production progresses. Brian Lowry, CNN, 8 Aug. 2023 The difference was that the two chefs came up with inspired, contemporary dishes for the Wayfinder experience, pairing each with a French, Italian, or U.S. wine. Michael Verdon, Robb Report, 8 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of inspired was in the 15th century

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“Inspired.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2023.

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