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 The new guard of red carpet designers aren’t just dazzling us with inspired shapes, innovative embellishments and fresh aesthetics. Fawnia Soo Hoo, The Hollywood Reporter, 30 Apr. 2022 The final 10 minutes of regulation were arguably the most inspired basketball coach Scott Drew's group played all season, willing their way back to tie the game at 80 in regulation and force overtime. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, 19 Mar. 2022 If that was the most adored set of the night, outside of Billie Eilish and Megan Thee Stallion, the best set of the night came from the inspired Danny Elfman. Steve Baltin, Forbes, 25 Apr. 2022 What’s your advice for someone who doesn’t always feel inspired? Lyndsey Havens, Billboard, 22 Apr. 2022 Companies taking this approach can help their workforces feel more inspired, motivated and productive, and a loyal workforce shares their company’s purpose and story with clients. Kelley Swing, Rolling Stone, 1 Apr. 2022 If this outpost is the first sign of an inspired style to come, its competitors will have both a highly refined template to copy and a high culinary standard to meet. John Mariani, Forbes, 14 Apr. 2022 Salazar pointed to one K-pop-inspired look, which features a rainbow teddy bear Jeremy Scott jacket and bangs styled to spell her name, as a favorite to design. Sasha Urban, Variety, 12 Apr. 2022 We'll also be inclined more toward humanitarianism, and feel inspired to help people, says Iva Naskova, astrologer at Nebula. Elizabeth Gulino,, 11 Apr. 2022 See More

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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 22 May. 2022.

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