- Inspire is defined as to influence, motivate or produce a feeling.
An example of inspire is the effect explorer Ernest Shackleton had on his crew of men when their boat was crushed while exploring Antarctica in the early 1900s.
inspire definition by Webster's New World
- to breathe or blow upon or into
- to infuse (life, etc. into) by breathing
- to draw (air) into the lungs; inhale
- to have an animating effect upon; influence or impel; esp., to stimulate or impel to some creative or effective effort
- to cause, guide, communicate, or motivate as by divine or supernatural influence
- to arouse or produce (a thought or feeling): kindness inspires love
- to affect with a specified feeling or thought: to inspire someone with fear
- to occasion, cause, or produce
- to prompt, or cause to be written or said, by influence: to inspire a rumor
Origin: Middle English inspiren ; from Old French inspirer ; from Classical Latin inspirare ; from in-, in, on plush spirare, to breathe: see spirit
- to inhale
- to give inspiration
inspire definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb in·spired, in·spir·ing, in·spires verb, transitive
- To affect, guide, or arouse by divine influence.
- To fill with enlivening or exalting emotion: hymns that inspire the congregation; an artist who was inspired by Impressionism.
- a. To stimulate to action; motivate: a sales force that was inspired by the prospect of a bonus.b. To affect or touch: The falling leaves inspired her with sadness.
- To draw forth; elicit or arouse: a teacher who inspired admiration and respect.
- To be the cause or source of; bring about: an invention that inspired many imitations.
- To draw in (air) by inhaling.
- Archaic a. To breathe on.b. To breathe life into.
- To stimulate energies, ideals, or reverence: a leader who inspires by example.
- To inhale.
Origin: Middle English enspiren, from Old French enspirer, from Latin īnspīrāre : in-, into; see in-2 + spīrāre, to breathe.
- in·spirˈer noun
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