- 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 uninspiring
To call them mediocre, uninspiring, and stale would be overly generous.Latinos Aren’t a ‘Cheap Date’ for Democrats Anymore
Ruben Navarrette Jr.
November 11, 2014
Ever canny if uninspiring, John Boehner admitted as much in his recent remarks.What Republicans Need Right Now Is a Good Internal Fight
November 6, 2014
I got into design, I had an agency for a while and I just dumped that because it was very soul-sucking and uninspiring.Lina Viktor Is the Artist Who Paints With Gold
May 23, 2014
Super Bowl counterprogramming has a short and uninspiring history.‘The Puppy Bowl’: The Super Bowl’s Fiercest Rival
February 2, 2014
Professional sports has a singularly unheroic and uninspiring precedent for treating those with a medical problem.Can NASCAR Driver Trevor Bayne Race Safely With Multiple Sclerosis?
November 13, 2013
It was as uninspiring to the eye as a pool of drippings from umbrellas in a porch.The Market-Place
I have seen some new plays that are judicious, but uninspiring.
This order is too tame, this culture too second-rate, this goodness too uninspiring.Introduction to the Science of Sociology
Robert E. Park
They have earned a reputation, and that reputation adheres to them: they are cold and uninspiring.Hymns from the East
His was probably the most uninspiring funeral that is set down in history.What Is Man? And Other Stories
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
- not stimulating or invigoratingan uninspiring performance
- 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 uninspiring
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.