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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
Recent Examples on the Web Student photography During this time of distance learning, students in Melissa Conrad’s photography class at Orange High School have created inspiring works of art, using a significant quotation coupled with each student’s photography. Ed Wittenberg, cleveland, "Orange High School senior honored as third-generation graduate," 22 May 2020 Watch the video below to hear the inspiring song for yourself. Rebecca Angel Baer, Southern Living, "U.S. Army Band Performs Song to Inspire Americans During Coronavirus Pandemic," 15 May 2020 Artists look forward to bringing a little joy to everyone during this difficult time with their creative, inspiring and whimsical goods and services, while patrons can simultaneously support the art community. David Ibata, ajc, "Alpharetta virtual arts festival goes live Thursday," 15 May 2020 But he’s seen his congregation step up in inspiring ways to help those who have lost someone during the lockdown. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Jewish funerals can't wait for the pandemic to end. But mourners find comfort in virtual communities.," 12 May 2020 No other artistic work in the last decade has had the cultural impact of Hamilton—an inspiring and captivating tale told and performed in a powerfully creative way. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Hamilton is coming to Disney+ a year early—just in time for Fourth of July," 12 May 2020 Productivity will improve when your workspace is clutter-free and inspiring. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, "12 Home Cleaning Hacks From Hotel Housekeeping and Professional Organizers," 5 May 2020 As a parent to two young kids housebound by the pandemic, these educators’ boundless efforts, positivity, and dedication to their students is inspiring, humbling, and monumental. Lorraine Allen, Good Housekeeping, "Teachers Are the Glue Keeping Many Families Together During the Coronavirus Pandemic," 4 May 2020 Behind the camera, Causi was a maestro, capturing some of the most inspiring images of recent history. Kirsten Fleming, Washington Examiner, "Anthony Causi, 1971-2020," 16 Apr. 2020

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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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28 May 2020

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“Inspiring.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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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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