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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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 The Game of Thrones star took to Instagram on Monday to show off a shaggy, '70s-inspired hairstyle with a set of curtain bangs that look nothing like what we're used to seeing her in. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, ""Game of Thrones" Star Maisie Williams Got Bangs," 28 Aug. 2018 Boston Symphony Orchestra The first auditorium built based on scientific understanding of acoustics, Symphony Hall combines European-inspired architecture with what continues to be the best acoustics in the country. Elizabeth Wellington, Condé Nast Traveler, "16 Best Things to Do in Boston," 2 Aug. 2018 The This Is Us star, 37, wore a ’70s-inspired print dress by Eloquii that featured a fit and flare silhouette and tie neck detail. Karen Mizoguchi,, "Chrissy Metz Customizes a $139 Eloquii Dress for the Critics' Choice Awards: Get the Look," 12 Jan. 2018 Decatur Central trimmed seven points off its deficit in the second quarter with an inspired effort, including two 3s by Noah Ray and six points from Tyrone Tracy. Brent Glasgow, Indianapolis Star, "Marion County tournament: Ben Davis advances to second round with win over Decatur Central," 9 Jan. 2018 Kardashian West has been responsible for some of the year’s most inspired accessory trends, ranging from the omnipresent fanny pack—worn crossbody, naturally—to exaggerated Matrix shades. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "Happy 38th Birthday, Kim Kardashian West! 5 Accessory Moments the Star Made Major," 21 Oct. 2018 There was chintz, there were pastels and ruffles, there were also neons, there was mirrored furniture, and also country-western inspired decor. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "What Exactly Is Retro Furniture?," 14 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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