in·​spir·​ing | \in-ˈspī-riŋ \

Definition of inspiring 

: having an animating or exalting effect

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Examples of inspiring in a Sentence

an inspiring idea for a national program in which young people would commit themselves to a year of community service

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As millions of Americans, and, in particular, an inspiring surge of young millennials, ventured out to cast votes in this important midterm election, so too did these intrepid, honest, stylish New Yorkers. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "In New York City, Where Style and Hustle Rule, This Is What Democracy Looks Like," 6 Nov. 2018 Look at art installations, which are far more interesting and inspiring. Olivia Martin, Town & Country, "Celebrity Event Planner Yifat Oren's Best Tips for Planning a One-of-a-Kind Wedding," 9 Oct. 2018 New Beetle never delivered a particularly inspiring engine or ride, but its good feelings kept it in production from 1997 until 2011. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "The VW Beetle Is Dead Because They Made It Too Good," 13 Sep. 2018 Even just changing your path by walking down a different street can open your eyes to something new and inspiring. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Here’s Your First Look At Cult-Favorite Dishware Designer Rae Dunn’s New Book," 10 Sep. 2018 Critics and fans will be delighted with a few inspiring storylines: Sandra Oh set a record. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "The Biggest Snubs and Surprises of the 2018 Emmy Nominations," 12 July 2018 Since then, Lang Lang has achieved global popularity and, back home in China, has been credited with inspiring millions of kids to take up Western classical piano — aided by the formation of the Lang Lang International Music Foundation. David Patrick Stearns,, "Lang Lang's recovery: Will he ever play in Philly again?," 12 July 2018 From powerful speeches delivered by children fearing their immigrant parents will be taken away from them to inspiring shows of unity, here are some of the most powerful moments from the demonstrations. Lisa Ryan, The Cut, "The Most Powerful Scenes From the Families Belong Together Protests," 30 June 2018 The unorthodox collaboration inspired similar days of news coverage around the country, won some awards, and has been credited with inspiring tens of millions of dollars in private philanthropic donations. San Francisco Chronicle, "Last week my father built a lemonade stand with my 5-year-old son. After some sawing, drilling and several coats of yellow paint, my little capitalist opened his small business in front of a Muni stop. In two hours, they made $23.," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of inspiring

1717, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of inspiring was in 1717

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English Language Learners Definition of inspiring

: causing people to want to do or create something or to lead better lives

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