in·​spir·​ing | \ in-ˈspī-riŋ How to pronounce inspiring (audio) \

Definition of inspiring

: having an animating or exalting effect

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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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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13 May 2022

Cite this Entry

“Inspiring.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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