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
Recent Examples on the Web Jon not only shares inspiring, memorable, and actionable stories, the book is loaded with laugh-out-loud humor. Josh Linkner, Detroit Free Press, "You can learn a lot from these business books. I did," 16 Nov. 2019 Kimmy’s clothing choices were not trendy or inspiring, to say the least. Andrea Barber, Good Housekeeping, "Andrea Barber Gets Real About Lori Loughlin, 'Full House' Secrets, and More in New Book," 15 Nov. 2019 But what unfolded over the next 24 hours was unexpectedly inspiring, reminding me that good humans are everywhere and cruise ship rescues don’t have to be a disaster. Nina Kokotas Hahn, Condé Nast Traveler, "What Happens When Your Cruise Has to Rescue Another Ship," 14 Nov. 2019 The first lady of California’s address set the tone for a morning of inspiring, uplifting and informing the next generation of filmmakers, directors, CEOs, actors, innovators, engineers and creators. Alexandra Del Rosario, The Hollywood Reporter, "L.A. Promise Fund Hello Future Summit Highlights Gender Equity, Inclusion and "Moving the Conversation"," 24 Oct. 2019 So, basically, Meghan was poised, amazing, and inspiring, as always. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Opens Up About Motherhood and Her "Heart's Desires" During Talk in South Africa," 28 Sep. 2019 His service to those in need was both exemplary and inspiring, which led to Ed receiving the Archdiocesan Medal of Appreciation on March 18, 2007 from The Most Reverend Henry Mansell, Archbishop of Hartford., "Edward P. Danek," 13 Sep. 2019 Of those who pick her as most inspiring, one in six nonetheless support Biden. CBS News, "Elizabeth Warren rises as Joe Biden clings to delegate edge — CBS News Battleground Tracker," 9 Sep. 2019 Muslim women make up a vibrant community of individuals who are independently minded, brave, inspiring, resilient, creative, capable, and unapologetically themselves. Shammara Lawrence, Allure, "What MuslimGirl's Amani Al-Khatahtbeh Wants to See From the Beauty Industry in 2019," 27 Mar. 2019

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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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27 Nov 2019

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“Inspiring.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 9 December 2019.

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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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