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 single-story mansion has European-inspired touches that include arched doorways, column pillars and stone fireplaces. Ebony Day, azcentral, "Former Arizona Cardinals kicker Jay Feely sells $2.35M lakefront estate southeast of Phoenix," 21 Oct. 2019 An even earlier artwork, modeled in 1860, was a lovingly rendered, classically inspired bust of his most ardent supporter: his father Jean Baptiste Rodin. Susan Dunne,, "A rare chance to see the world and work of Rodin at Fairfield University," 29 Oct. 2019 The move has looked inspired so far: Tannehill was 13 of 16 against the Broncos last week and 23 of 29 in a start against the Chargers on Sunday. New York Times, "Replacement or Warm Body? Backup Quarterbacks Prove Their Worth," 22 Oct. 2019 Attention-grabbing silhouettes, like the mid-century inspired furniture Arps incorporated from Industry West, can turn up the style of any home office. Shelby Deering, House Beautiful, "How to Design the Ultimate Work-From-Home Space, According to an Expert," 22 Oct. 2019 Soprano Eleni Calenos was an inspired choice, with her rich tone and exquisite control, shifting easily from timid introvert to passionate (and deeply wronged) lover., "Cleveland Opera Theater kicks off season with ingenious, talent-rich ‘La Boheme’," 16 Sep. 2019 Ed's quiet decency, inspired intellect, and generous spirit have touched many lives, and will not soon be forgotten., "Edwin Augur Dudley," 15 Sep. 2019 Other menu items would include lasagna, ravioli, burgers, wraps, Sicilian steak sandwich and an Italian-inspired fish fry on Friday nights. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The Red Mill restaurant in Brookfield will reopen with new owners, and a return to jazz," 30 Aug. 2019 Casual, Italian-inspired restaurant located on the second floor of Locale Market. Paul Abercrombie,, "Once-sleepy St. Petersburg, Fla., awakens with vibrant arts and nightlife scenes," 30 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of inspired

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of inspired was in the 15th century

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26 Nov 2019

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“Inspired.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 9 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of inspired

: very good or clever
: having a particular cause or influence

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