in·​spir·​ing | \ in-ˈspī-riŋ How to pronounce inspiring (audio) \

Definition of inspiring

: having an animating or exalting effect

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 The exhibitions and events are very inspiring and surreal, like being in the past and the future at the same time. Stephan Rabimov, Forbes, 28 Dec. 2021 Welcome to Deep Dives, a new Health video series where inspiring people talk about a health topic that's meaningful to them and share relatable stories around health and wellness. Maggie O'neill,, 12 Nov. 2021 Over 50 years later, this event remains deeply inspiring, controversial and even misunderstood as one of the most overtly political statements in sport. Jane Levere, Forbes, 25 Dec. 2021 Gomez, returning to acting after a hiatus, admits being surrounded by such a wealth of talent and experience was both challenging and inspiring. Scott Huver, Variety, 13 Dec. 2021 Based on the classic film, this professional stage production at Beck Center for the Arts follows Buddy the Elf on a hilarious and inspiring journey of self-discovery that follows him from the North Pole to New York City. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, 9 Dec. 2021 Revealing the Anthropocene at its most absurd, the book is sometimes inspiring, occasionally bleak and entirely worthy of our attention. Washington Post, 18 Nov. 2021 Seeing others turn their challenges into triumphs is both inspiring and empowering. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 15 Nov. 2021 The team’s 3-5 record on the court under Ime Udoka isn’t inspiring, with Monday’s loss to the Chicago Bulls especially serving as an early gut punch., 4 Nov. 2021

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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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13 Jan 2022

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“Inspiring.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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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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