in·​spired | \in-ˈspī(-ə)rd \

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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But in fact, Prach notes that Lagerfeld rarely diverges from a certain 1930s-inspired silhouette with a quasi-square toe (one obvious outlier: the haute couture sneakers from 2014, also produced by Massaro). Amy Verner, Vogue, "Vogue Got an Exclusive Tour of Chanel’s Ateliers While Tonight’s Métiers d’Art Collection Was Being Made," 5 Dec. 2018 After walking down the aisle, temporarily taking on baby bangs, and reviving a '90s-inspired trend, Gigi Hadid embraced another a new identity: rock star. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Gigi Hadid Wore an ’80s-Inspired Beauty Routine for the December “W” Cover," 4 Dec. 2018 Expect party dresses in bold, 1970s-inspired prints at this four-year-old outpost around the corner from Little Collins. Sheila Marikar, New York Times, "Five Places to Shop in Melbourne," 5 July 2018 Wouldn't that be fun to see, Sister Jean and Sir Charles together, divinely inspired or not? Michael Reader, charlotteobserver, "This nun is core to the heaven-sent story of the Final Four. The Panthers want in.," 26 Mar. 2018 That inspired members of the commission to wonder if that was really the output of a healthy democratic process. Kelsey Piper, Vox, "This city just approved a new election system never tried before in America," 15 Nov. 2018 Below, read nine of her most inspired quotes, some of which date back to the 1960s, when Franklin officially earned her forever title, the Queen of Soul. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Aretha Franklin, In Her Own Words," 16 Aug. 2018 Snag the private dining room at buzzy Bank & Bourbon for inspired American eats. Juliet Izon, Redbook, "And the Very Best City for a Girls' Getaway Is...," 7 Aug. 2018 If their club-kid inspired lineup took deconstuction almost to its revealing limit, elsewhere tailoring and corsetry was used to create a more contained silhouette, though the styling was always dramatic. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Notes from the Underground: With a New Book Out, Bernadette Van-Huy Tracks Her Evolution from Bernadette Corporation to Now," 5 Nov. 2018

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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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