- to fill with an animating, quickening, or exalting influence: His courage inspired his followers.
- to produce or arouse (a feeling, thought, etc.): to inspire confidence in others.
- to fill or affect with a specified feeling, thought, etc.: to inspire a person with distrust.
- to influence or impel: Competition inspired her to greater efforts.
- to animate, as an influence, feeling, thought, or the like, does: They were inspired by a belief in a better future.
- to communicate or suggest by a divine or supernatural influence: writings inspired by God.
- to guide or control by divine influence.
- to prompt or instigate (utterances, acts, etc.) by influence, without avowal of responsibility.
- to give rise to, bring about, cause, etc.: a philosophy that inspired a revolution.
- to take (air, gases, etc.) into the lungs in breathing; inhale.
- to infuse (breath, life, etc.) by breathing (usually followed by into).
- to breathe into or upon.
- to give inspiration.
- to inhale.
Origin of inspire
Examples from the Web for inspiring
Yet to hear one of the victims so publicly rejecting the kinds of terms used in the past was inspiring.Jennifer Lawrence’s Righteous Fury Says Everything We Wanted to Say
December 29, 2014
Tickets go on sale to the public January 15; check back then for a link and an early peek at the inspiring lineup of speakers.Save the Date: Women in the World 2015
December 23, 2014
There are plenty of tragic and inspiring choices, but the most obvious legacy Castro will leave behind is the broken family.The Life and Hard Times Of The Family A Cuban Defector Left Behind
December 19, 2014
Inspiring others to follow in their footsteps is one of the best parts of the gig, the drivers said.The Moms of Monster Jam Drive Trucks, Buck Macho Culture
November 22, 2014
Her bouts with cancer—all three of them—were inspiring, heartbreaking, and, most of all, real.MTV’s Diem Brown Dies: When Reality TV Starts Getting Real
November 14, 2014
All these are not means for teaching knowledge, but for inspiring obedience.A Theological-Political Treatise [Part III]
Benedict of Spinoza
To do violence to any one is a strange way of setting about inspiring love.The Imaginary Invalid
Napier took the right method of inspiring his men with his own heroic spirit.Self-Help
Lydia,” said she, “is there anything ‘awe’-inspiring in this display of the elements?An Encore
I'd like for one thing to have a bust of her mother in my study—that would be so inspiring.Cleo The Magnificent
- to exert a stimulating or beneficial effect upon (a person); animate or invigorate
- (tr; foll by with or to; may take an infinitive) to arouse (with a particular emotion or to a particular action); stir
- (tr) to prompt or instigate; give rise toher beauty inspired his love
- (tr; often passive) to guide or arouse by divine influence or inspiration
- to take or draw (air, gas, etc) into the lungs; inhale
- (tr) archaic
- to breathe into or upon
- to breathe life into
Word Origin and History for inspiring
mid-14c., enspiren, "to fill (the mind, heart, etc., with grace, etc.);" also "to prompt or induce (someone to do something)," from Old French enspirer (13c.), from Latin inspirare "inflame; blow into" (see inspiration), a loan-translation of Greek pnein in the Bible. General sense of "influence or animate with an idea or purpose" is from late 14c. Also sometimes used in literal sense in Middle English Related: Inspired; inspires; inspiring.
- To draw in breath; to inhale.