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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Barcocina serves Mexican-inspired brunch, lunch, dinner and drinks. Hallie Miller,, "15 places to eat and drink outdoors this summer in Baltimore," 1 July 2019 So for a women’s team that had stalled in the semifinals of its last two major tournaments under coach Mark Sampson, Neville seemed like an inspired choice. Kevin Baxter,, "Women’s World Cup: England looks to defy history with a win over the U.S.," 30 June 2019 Brendon Urie As mentioned above, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren had the most inspired musical choice at the Hall of Fame dinner. Wired Staff, WIRED, "WIRED Suggests Updated Theme Songs for Presidential Hopefuls," 10 June 2019 The two-story home, once owned by Hollywood business manager Lester Knispel, was taken down to the studs and rebuilt over a three-year period as a contemporary-inspired farmhouse. Neal J. Leitereg,, "Top sales: Two deals north of $40 million bring the heat in May," 14 June 2019 The inspired beverage menu includes local coffees, spicy mocha with vanilla and almond, chai and superfood drinks made from turmeric, matcha, maca and even mushrooms. Washington Post, "Why you should visit Columbus, Ohio," 13 June 2019 The music superstar debuted a super short pixie crop for the occasion, complete with '90s-inspired mini bangs to perfectly frame her face. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Ciara Debuted a Super Short Pixie Crop at the ACE Awards," 11 June 2019 At Black Rock’s May 26 launch party, guests dressed in an eclectic mix of traditional Senegalese robes, Western haute couture and African inspired designs, danced around the compound’s infinity pool, which appeared to drip right into the ocean. Annika Hammerschlag, Quartz Africa, "Obama’s portrait painter is making a bet on African artists with a Dakar residency program," 4 June 2019 Hadid has ventured into the military-inspired style trend before. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Is Bella Hadid Preparing for the Apocalypse?," 30 May 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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