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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The response was overwhelming and inspired other public figures to share similar stories. Alyssa Hardy, Teen Vogue, "Gabrielle Union, Yahya Abdul-Mateen and Other Actors Call Out Stylists Who Can’t Work With Black Hair," 12 Mar. 2019 Long before he was tapped to assist Alexander Liberman at Vogue, Penn attended the Philadelphia Museum School of Industrial Art with the intention of becoming an art director, developing an enthusiastic and inspired painting practice in the process. Marley Marius, Vogue, "A New Side of Irving Penn’s Art Is on Display in New York," 11 Sep. 2018 The black-and-white portrait of her being held between two hands in the NICU, at 28 weeks and 2.2 pounds, became famous and inspired parents with preemies all over the world. Elyse Roth, Redbook, "See What the Anne Geddes' Babies Look Like 20 Years Later," 24 May 2017 But the famous Coma cluster — the collection of galaxies that long ago inspired astronomer Fritz Zwicky’s conjecture that such a thing as dark matter might exist — beckoned. Quanta Magazine, "Strange Dark Galaxy Puzzles Astrophysicists," 27 Sep. 2016 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

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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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