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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To see this community of families, of strangers, come together and lift each other up is truly inspiring. Alexandria Hein, Fox News, "Dad's apology to parents of hospital-stricken kids goes viral," 28 Sep. 2018 The EcoSport’s 123-hp turbocharged 1.0-liter three-cylinder is even less inspiring. Washington Post, "Edmunds compares Hyundai Kona and Ford EcoSport," 27 June 2018 Coogler gave an inspiring speech urging viewers and audience members to travel to Africa, or at the very least learn about the culture and their roots. Morgan Baila,, "BET Awards Recap: From Jamie Foxx's Dad Jokes To Meek Mill's XXXTentacion Hoodie," 25 June 2018 Their tenacity is inspiring; their struggles disheartening. New York Times, "These Movies Haunted Me at the Human Rights Watch Festival," 15 June 2018 The media mogul and star of the new movie A Wrinkle in Time found herself in the political spotlight after her inspiring speech at the 2018 Golden Globes while accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award. Mary Green,, "Oprah Winfrey Reveals the One Thing That Could Make Her Run for President," 28 Feb. 2018 As millions of Americans, and, in particular, an inspiring surge of young millennials, ventured out to cast votes in this important midterm election, so too did these intrepid, honest, stylish New Yorkers. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "In New York City, Where Style and Hustle Rule, This Is What Democracy Looks Like," 6 Nov. 2018 Look at art installations, which are far more interesting and inspiring. Olivia Martin, Town & Country, "Celebrity Event Planner Yifat Oren's Best Tips for Planning a One-of-a-Kind Wedding," 9 Oct. 2018 New Beetle never delivered a particularly inspiring engine or ride, but its good feelings kept it in production from 1997 until 2011. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "The VW Beetle Is Dead Because They Made It Too Good," 13 Sep. 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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