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

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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Watching Joanna work her magic on homes is obviously inspiring, but there’s nothing quite like seeing her put her stamp on something that’s personal to her family. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Are Chip and Joanna Gaines Secretly Filming for Their New TV Network? An Investigation," 12 Mar. 2019 Thanks to this investment, our Canadian astronauts will have access to new space missions, inspiring generations to come. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Canada Offers Robot Arm for NASA's 'Lunar Gateway' Program," 1 Mar. 2019 Here, five things to know about the skilled and inspiring athlete. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "5 Things to Know About Katelyn Ohashi, the UCLA Gymnast Whose Floor Routine Just Went Viral," 15 Jan. 2019 Each design is supposed to tell some inspiring tale for all to see, but that’s not always the case. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "Throwing your skin into the wind: Houston tattoo shop plays with fate and a tattoo dartboard," 3 July 2018 One by one, the inspiring women filled the ever-so chicly transformed Brooklyn Museum Hall with their anecdotes of survival, declarations of gratitude, and motivational acceptance speeches. Ciarra Lorren Zatorski, Vogue, "Anita Hill, Nadia Murad, Katy Perry, and More Received DVF Awards at Last Night’s Ceremony," 13 Apr. 2019 Featuring a mix of 37 inspiring women, the exhibit is filled with colorful paintings that celebrate influential women over the years. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Diane von Furstenberg and Ashley Longshore's New Exhibit Celebrates Legendary Women," 8 Mar. 2019 Some of the most inspiring leaders out there right now have come from GSAs. Nicole Sands,, "Panic! at the Disco's Brendon Urie Pledges One Million Dollars to GLSEN to Support LGBTQ Youth," 29 June 2018 Each piece in the box of 16 is chocolate maker Julie Bolejack’s tribute to a different inspiring woman. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "Mother's Day gifts: Every piece of chocolate in this box honors a famous woman," 26 Apr. 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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a strong desire or propensity

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