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 Steve Johnson said in a statement that his brother symbolizes those who lost their lives to homophobic-inspired violence. Dennis Passa, Anchorage Daily News, "Suspect arrested in 1988 cold-case death of American in Australia," 12 May 2020 The front-row transformation also came courtesy of Maine, who used extensions from RPZL, then added a centre parting and a ton of shine to create the killer '70s-inspired style — right down to the roll-neck and high-waisted trousers. Megan Decker,, "Ashley Benson Debuted A ’70s Haircut In The Name Of Fashion," 13 Feb. 2020 To achieve the '70s-inspired style, Josh used Great Lengths extensions, his own hair tools, and several products from Goldwell, including the brand's Kerasilk Style Smoothing Sleek Spray and the Kerasilk Style Forming Shape Spray. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Priyanka Chopra Had Cher-Inspired Hair on the 2020 Grammys Red Carpet," 27 Jan. 2020 For a very special holiday episode of HGTV’s A Very Brady Renovation, the Pioneer Woman star was invited to cook a ’70s-inspired holiday dinner with the six Brady siblings at their famous TV home. Mary Honkus,, "Ree Drummond on Her ‘Very Emotional Experience’ Meeting the Brady Bunch Cast ‘I Felt Like I Was Meeting Family’," 13 Dec. 2019 Meanwhile, Hadid threw it back a few decades in her 90s-inspired outfit. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kendall Jenner Is a Real Life Barbie in This Hot Pink Minidress," 5 Dec. 2019 Drunken Shrimp Spicy, sour, sweet, and just a little briny, the vodka in this Asian-inspired dish kicks the experience up a notch and melds the flavors into something truly delicious. Beth Segal, cleveland, "The best thing to have in your pantry: Vodka! And here are 3 great recipes to prove it," 6 Apr. 2020 This former MasterChef contestant is a legend in the kitchen, cooking many Chinese dishes and a number of other Asian-inspired dishes. Gianluca Russo, Teen Vogue, "10 TikTok Food Accounts With Easy Recipes," 30 Mar. 2020 SoftBank’s chief executive, Masayoshi Son, has been a steadfast supporter of Mr. Neumann’s heady vision for WeWork, which centered on creating communal work spaces where employees would collaborate more effectively and feel more inspired. Peter Eavis, New York Times, "SoftBank Won’t Buy $3 Billion in WeWork Stock," 1 Apr. 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 Jun. 2020.

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

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