Definition of inspire
1a : to influence, move, or guide by divine or supernatural inspirationb : to exert an animating, enlivening, or exalting influence on was particularly inspired by the Romanticistsc : to spur on : impel, motivate threats don't necessarily inspire people to workd : affect seeing the old room again inspired him with nostalgia
2a archaic : to breathe or blow into or uponb archaic : to infuse (something, such as life) by breathing … inspired into him an active soul … — Wisdom of Solomon 15:11
3a : to communicate to an agent supernaturallyb : to draw forth or bring out thoughts inspired by a visit to the cathedral
4 : inhale 1
6 : to spread (rumor) by indirect means or through the agency of another
Examples of inspire in a Sentence
He inspired generations of future scientists.
Her courage has inspired us.
His discoveries inspired a whole new line of scientific research.
Her first novel was inspired by her early childhood.
The news inspired hope that the war might end soon.
Recent Examples of inspire from the Web
He’ll be forever remembered for inspiring lots of people and changing lives.
ISIS is responsible for committing or inspiring deadly terrorist attacks around the world.
All of the groups are inspired by the Islamic State group.
His unnecessary death has inspired me to insist on having doctors who listen and treat me with respect.
That man inspired me all my life to get my voice crisper, get my diaphragm harder, use less air and just spit it out.
Like any art, as taxidermy publications were established and schools founded — the Northwestern School of Taxidermy in Nebraska once offered a home course that inspired many an older taxidermist — traditionalists were met by boundary pushers.
Besides that, inspiring such attacks is also a way to pit communities against each other, inflame anti-Muslim sentiment, and sow discord among Muslim communities and with the wider society.
According to his official biography, McGuinn — inspired by the rise of the Beatles — began playing folk tunes to a rock beat in the coffeehouses of New York City's Greenwich Village before the Byrds formed.
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Origin and Etymology of inspire
Middle English, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French inspirer, from Latin inspirare, from in- + spirare to breathe
First Known Use: 14th century
INSPIRE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of inspire for English Language Learners
: to make (someone) want to do something : to give (someone) an idea about what to do or create
: to cause (something) to happen or be created
: to cause someone to have (a feeling or emotion)
INSPIRE Defined for Kids
Definition of inspire for Students
1 : to move or guide by divine influence
2 : to move (someone) to act, create, or feel emotions : arouse The Senator's comments inspired me to write a letter.
3 : to cause something to occur or to be created or done It was a people's movement, inspired by the courageous acts of ordinary citizens … — Christopher Paul Curtis, The Watsons
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