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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Emeni Diablo uses his platform to tell another's inspiring story. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Don Diablo's 10 Best Songs: Critic's Picks," 29 May 2018 For more stories like this, as well as can't-miss news, home and health advice, inspiring holiday ideas and more, sign up for the Good Housekeeping newsletter. Amina Lake Abdelrahman, Good Housekeeping, "This $15 Overnight Face Mask Is Saving My Dry Skin This Winter," 15 Feb. 2019 This is decidedly inspiring news for the entire industry. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "China lifts video game ban but not for its biggest player," 29 Dec. 2018 To see a guy who is close to 90 play with that much power was pretty inspiring. Ron Hart, Billboard, "Cult Metal Favorites Sleep Talk Reunion Album, Third Man Records & Changing Attitudes Toward Marijuana," 8 June 2018 And the company's conservation track record is equally inspiring. Sarah Bowman, Indianapolis Star, "Those chocolate bars with endangered species on the wrapper are made in Indianapolis," 1 June 2018 And three, that both actors are blessings, gifts to the world, talented, kind, funny, sweet, inspiring, beautiful, have good senses of humor — *takes deep breath* — and so pure for this world. Ella Cerón, Teen Vogue, ""Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald" Stars Ezra Miller and Eddie Redmayne Compete In Teen Vogue's Compliment Battle," 15 Nov. 2018 But the rest of it are all these inspiring stories about the people who have overcome great things in order to succeed. Fox News, "Brit Hume: Op-ed may be disloyal, but is in no way treason," 6 Sep. 2018 In tandem with the launch, the retailer debuted a social campaign titled #WetSealGetsReal, which aims to empower followers to share inspiring stories of self-love on Instagram. Andrea Park, Glamour, "Wet Seal Is Relaunching Its Plus-Size and Curve Collections," 23 July 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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