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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One of the most inspiring stories came from Patricia Sterne Evans, who was a city employee on April 29, 1986, when the Central Library Fire started. Donna Wares,, "Book Club: Diving into 'The Other Americans'," 6 July 2019 That's why Paul Quinn's campuswide approach is unique and inspiring, Lindsey said. Dallas News, "How this Texas college gives every single student help with trauma, mental health," 6 July 2019 Kicking off this year’s event at the Second Chance Life Skills Center campus, La Bastille will shine a spotlight on the inspiring stories of EDWINS Leadership & Restaurant Institute students., "Be careful around Horseshoe Lake; benefit at EDWINS on Shaker Square; more: Press Run," 28 June 2019 Out of the destruction, some inspiring stories have emerged. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "How Perdido Key Beach Community Is Recovering After Massive Condo Fire," 27 June 2019 These tours aim to dispel any notions that people may have of Dharavi being a place of misery, and are actually very inspiring. Ephrat Livni, Quartzy, "Slum tours beat the Taj Mahal as India’s most popular “experience”," 25 June 2019 There really is nothing more inspiring to me than people who have never given up. Kelsea Stahler,, "Why Oscar-Winner Hilary Swank Agreed To Fight A Robot On Netflix," 7 June 2019 Project Runway judge and former Teen Vogue editor in chief Elaine Welteroth has written an inspiring new memoir, More Than Enough. Clarissa Cruz,, "Former Teen Vogue editor Elaine Welteroth on inspiring a new generation of women," 22 June 2019 Here’s how the director found his inspiring answer. Michael Cavna, Washington Post, "If I’m not trash, what am I? What Forky from ‘Toy Story 4’ has to teach about identity and self-worth," 21 June 2019

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First Known Use of inspiring

1717, in the meaning defined above

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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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to form ideas or theories about something

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