Inspire is defined as to influence, motivate or produce a feeling.(verb)
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.
See inspire in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME inspiren < OFr inspirer < L inspirare < in-, in, on + spirare, to breathe: see spirit
See inspire in American Heritage Dictionary 4
verb in·spired, in·spir·ing, in·spires verb, transitive
Origin: Middle English enspiren
Origin: , from Old French enspirer
Origin: , from Latin īnspīrāre
Origin: : in-, into; see in-2
Origin: + spīrāre, to breathe.
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