in·​spir·​ing in-ˈspī-riŋ How to pronounce inspiring (audio)
: 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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Word History

First Known Use

1717, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of inspiring was in 1717

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“Inspiring.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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