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[in-spir-it] /ɪnˈspɪr ɪt/
verb (used with object)
to infuse spirit or life into; enliven.
Also, enspirit.
Origin of inspirit
First recorded in 1600-10; in-2 + spirit
Related forms
inspiriter, noun
inspiritingly, adverb
inspiritment, noun
uninspirited, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • She listened, and understood that he was afraid of something—that he wanted to inspirit her.

    Mother Maksim Gorky
  • If this were intended in any way to inspirit him, it failed of its effect.

    The Squirrel Inn Frank R. Stockton
  • She was beside the tray to welcome and inspirit his eating, and she performed the busy butler's duty in pouring out wine for him.

  • They had a spell of steady swimming, companionship to inspirit it.

  • Her grip seemed to inspirit him, for he began to struggle hard toward the bank.

    Happy Pollyooly Edgar Jepson
  • Oh, what glorious days these were, quite enough to inspirit any one!

    A Little Girl in Old St. Louis Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • The arrival of the letter from Lechworthy did nothing to inspirit him.

    The Exiles of Faloo Barry Pain
  • Strange how often his philosophy and experience of life came back to inspirit her!

    The Builders Ellen Glasgow
  • He thought of this frequently, and allowed the thought to inspirit him.

    Demos George Gissing
  • If the view from the hill was sufficient to inspirit them, this was still more calculated to do so.

    Digby Heathcote W.H.G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for inspirit


(transitive) to fill with vigour; inspire
Derived Forms
inspiriter, noun
inspiriting, adjective
inspiritingly, adverb
inspiritment, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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