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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Consider the maddening case of Duna, the Central European–inspired restaurant opened in San Francisco's Mission last year by two veterans of Bar Tartine. Brett Martin, GQ, "The Year That Fast Casual (Kinda, Sorta, Maybe) Grew Up," 25 Apr. 2018 At Mott Street, an Asian-inspired restaurant in Chicago, chef-partner Edward Kim created a children’s brunch menu in November. Alina Dizik, WSJ, "High-End Dining for the High-Chair Set," 3 Apr. 2018 El Ganzo regularly hosts artists, muralists, musicians, and sculptors, who come to soak in the Baja magic in exchange for inspired works to color the space. Stephanie Granada, Sunset, "12 Incredible Hotels for Art Lovers," 22 Jan. 2018 We were inspired by that, and brought all of his inspired work as a fashion designer into the outdoor space. Sara Tardiff, ELLE Decor, "AphroChic Creates An Outdoor Gathering Space For South Bronx's Fashion Crowd," 31 May 2017 Yes, Spain did not beat Portugal and an inspired Cristiano Ronaldo. Juan Pimiento,, "Spain, Portugal thrill, Mexico, Iceland suprise and the best of the World Cup weekend," 17 June 2018 Read on for eight beautiful works that present inspired style from all over the globe and share authentic tips on how to bring bits and pieces of faraway lands into your own home. Noor Brara, Vogue, "Escape to Far Corners of the World With These Design Books," 24 Jan. 2018 As the headliner, Pitbull might not have seemed like an inspired upgrade. Dan Deluca,, "Pitbull lights up the Ben Franklin Parkway on the 4th of July," 4 July 2018 But the one obvious, perfect, inspired piece of casting: Timmy Chalamet as Laurie. Sally Holmes, Marie Claire, "Timothee Chalamet Playing Laurie in 'Little Women' Is INSPIRED," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of inspired

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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: very good or clever

: having a particular cause or influence

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