Inspire meaning

ĭn-spīr
To cause, guide, communicate, or motivate as by divine or spiritual influence.
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To arouse or produce (a thought or feeling)

Kindness inspires love.

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To have an animating effect upon; influence or impel; esp., to stimulate or impel to some creative or effective effort.
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To give inspiration.
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To inhale.
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To inhale.
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To infuse by breathing, or as if by breathing.
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(archaic) To breathe into; to fill with the breath; to animate.
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To draw in (air) by inhaling.
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(intransitive) To draw in by the operation of breathing; to inhale.
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To inhale.
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To affect with a specified feeling or thought.

To inspire someone with fear.

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To occasion, cause, or produce.
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To prompt, or cause to be written or said, by influence.

To inspire a rumor.

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To infuse into the mind; to communicate to the spirit; to convey, as by a divine or supernatural influence; to disclose preternaturally; to produce in, as by inspiration.
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To infuse into; to affect, as with a superior or supernatural influence; to fill with what animates, enlivens or exalts; to communicate inspiration to.

Elders should inspire children with sentiments of virtue.

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To spread rumour indirectly.
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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.

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To affect, guide, or arouse by divine influence.
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To fill with enlivening or exalting emotion.

Hymns that inspire the congregation; an artist who was inspired by Impressionism.

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To be the cause or source of; bring about.

An invention that inspired many imitations.

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To cause someone to have (a feeling or reaction); elicit or arouse.

A teacher who inspired admiration and respect.

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To draw (air) into the lungs; inhale.
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To stimulate energies, ideals, or reverence.

A leader who inspires by example.

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Origin of inspire

  • Middle English enspiren from Old French enspirer from Latin īnspīrāre in- into in–2 spīrāre to breathe

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French inspirer, variant of espirer, from Latin īnspīrāre, present active infinitive of īnspīrō (“inspire”), itself a loan-translation of the Ancient Greek πνέω (pneō, “breathe”) in the Bible, from in + spīrō (“breathe”).

    From Wiktionary