[ in-spuh-rey-shuhn ]
/ ˌɪn spəˈreɪ ʃən /


Origin of inspiration

1275–1325; Middle English inspiracio(u)n < Late Latin inspīrātiōn- (stem of inspīrātiō). See inspire, -ation

OTHER WORDS FROM inspiration

re·in·spi·ra·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for inspiration

/ (ˌɪnspɪˈreɪʃən) /


stimulation or arousal of the mind, feelings, etc, to special or unusual activity or creativity
the state or quality of being so stimulated or aroused
someone or something that causes this state
an idea or action resulting from such a state
the act or process of inhaling; breathing in
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for inspiration

[ ĭn′spə-rāshən ]


The inhalation of air into the lungs.
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Scientific definitions for inspiration

[ ĭn′spə-rāshən ]

See inhalation.
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