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

Definition of inspiring

: having an animating or exalting effect

Keep scrolling for more

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
Recent Examples on the Web The adversity of this moment has reminded us how inspiring and courageous our fellow citizens are who have made sacrifices on our behalf., "Gov. Ned Lamont’s Thanksgiving message to state: I am grateful to live in Connecticut," 26 Nov. 2020 Keep a pencil nearby to jot down your most inspiring and creative ideas at the end of the year, when your ability to visualize the consequences of your actions is at a peak. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Nov. 20, 2020: Virgo, measure twice, cut once; Capricorn, buckle down," 20 Nov. 2020 Gradually a story emerges of love and longing, bravery and tragedy, which for Clare proves to be both enlightening and inspiring. Lauren Fox, Star Tribune, "Review: 'Send for Me,' by Lauren Fox," 29 Jan. 2021 That's why Cardi B's decision to publicly admit to and be vulnerable about her adult acne is admirable and inspiring. Jenna Ryu, USA TODAY, "Cardi B was desperate for acne help and asked Twitter: Why her honest post is 'empowering'," 27 Jan. 2021 Sports in 2020 was a 12-month emotional rollercoaster of strange, sad, inspiring and jubilant engulfed within a pandemic that caused a months-long shutdown of sports across the country and most of the world. Times Staff, Los Angeles Times, "Sports year in review: The triumphs and tragedies of 2020," 24 Dec. 2020 Brilliant and moving, inspiring and beautiful, insightful and provocative, his songs are timeless — whether they were written more than half a century ago or yesterday. Tyler Van Dyke, Washington Examiner, "Bob Dylan sells entire song catalog to Universal in 'landmark agreement'," 7 Dec. 2020 Anything by Claire Cook is always a fun and inspiring read, but this book got me out moving again, too, which is no small thing during COVID. Globe Staff,, "The Fast Forward 2020 Winter Bookies reading list," 4 Jan. 2021 Romantic or inspiring experiences could fulfill your fantasies in February and uplift your spirits. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Dec. 22, 2020: Virgo; think before you speak; Capricorn, gatherings may overwhelm you," 22 Dec. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'inspiring.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of inspiring

1717, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about inspiring

Time Traveler for inspiring

Time Traveler

The first known use of inspiring was in 1717

See more words from the same year

Statistics for inspiring

Last Updated

18 Feb 2021

Cite this Entry

“Inspiring.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLA Chicago APA Merriam-Webster

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for inspiring



English Language Learners Definition of inspiring

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

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on inspiring

What made you want to look up inspiring? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

February 2021 Words of the Day Quiz

  • squirrel in winter
  • Which is a synonym of perdure?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!