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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Finley, an inspiring but funny leader who drives Terri and Terry to share his attitude, becomes destined to cross paths with Adara midway through their journeys. Danny Atkinson, Courant Community, "Epoch Arts Opens Summer Season," 2 July 2018 Its Instagram account is an inspiring collage of travel imagery, doodles and art, quotes and travel advice, and profiles of women who are scratching that travel itch. Jill Sanford, Outside Online, "9 Travel Accounts You Should Follow on Instagram," 1 July 2018 There is great heartbreak in the correspondence of this heroic fellow Cancer (much of which has never been published before), but alongside that pain is extraordinary, inspiring strength. Mary Sollosi,, "Your July pop culture horoscope revealed: Whitney Houston, Comic-Con, and Sharp Objects," 29 June 2018 Special performance The Orioles hosted an inspiring guest in 18-year-old Nicholas Nauman from Carroll Springs School in Westminster. Peter Schmuck,, "Orioles notes: Chance Sisco and Yefry Ramírez recalled in latest episode of rostermania," 28 June 2018 So the Royals explore this at considerable risk to a reputation that puts a premium on dedication to the community and inspiring youth. Vahe Gregorian, kansascity, "The Royals are considering trying to sign Luke Heimlich. Here's why they shouldn't," 25 June 2018 Maor offers a brief account of the invention of the metronome, a piece of technology for fixing and marking tempo and some of the ways in which this form of measurement has proved inspiring. Paul Grimstad, The New Republic, "Can You Measure How Good a Song Is?," 21 June 2018 There is something so satisfying about reading your own words with emphasis and body language that is truly inspiring to me. Lisa Deaderick,, "Finding her voice with other veterans," 3 June 2018 The short film tells the inspiring true story of Brandon Chrostowski's initiative to launch his then-new authentic French restaurant, Shaker Square's EDWINS, with a group of ex-convicts. Jeff Piorkowski/special To,, "A Muppet class in Cleveland Heights; celebrating 60 years of exchange students; more: Press Run," 13 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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