verb (used with object), in·spired, in·spir·ing.
- to infuse (breath, life, etc.) by breathing (usually followed by into).
- to breathe into or upon.
verb (used without object), in·spired, in·spir·ing.
Origin of inspire
Examples from the Web for inspire
Contemporary Examples of inspire
There is, however, a separate wing of AQAP designed to inspire their followers to conduct attacks against the West.U.S. Spies See Al Qaeda Fingerprints on Paris Massacre
Shane Harris, Nancy A. Youssef
January 8, 2015
But these were technical solutions and unlikely to inspire protests alone.Sharpton Recalls Civil Rights Struggle in DC March Against Police Violence
December 13, 2014
The 2014 election was a wipeout, progressives say, because Democrats lacked a bold economic message to inspire voters.Progressives: Big Ideas Will Win Us 2016
December 10, 2014
Miraculously, Malala survived, and her courage, wisdom, and optimism have continued to transfix and inspire the world.Promoting Girls’ Education Isn’t Enough: Malala Can Do More
December 9, 2014
I would like to inspire some people from Africa, and my country, to try and work hard and be a supermodel.I Got Kicked Out Of The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show
December 3, 2014
Historical Examples of inspire
Calm and quiet when danger raged, he could inspire in his comrades a boundless confidence.The Heart of Pinocchio
What power so dangerous, when moral earnestness ceases to inspire the feelings?The Mirrors of Downing Street
Everything here appears calculated to inspire kind and happy feelings, for everything is delicate and beautiful.Washington Irving
Charles Dudley Warner
It would have been difficult to find models more fitted to inspire a great painter.The Wandering Jew, Complete
Besides her distinguished beauty, Lady Blessington offered much, in her life and surroundings, to inspire a painter.
- to breathe into or upon
- to breathe life into
Word Origin for inspire
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.