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
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|DAILY BEAST
But these were technical solutions and unlikely to inspire protests alone.Sharpton Recalls Civil Rights Struggle in DC March Against Police Violence|Ben Jacobs|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The 2014 election was a wipeout, progressives say, because Democrats lacked a bold economic message to inspire voters.
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|Paula Kweskin|December 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Nico Hines|December 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Calm and quiet when danger raged, he could inspire in his comrades a boundless confidence.The Heart of Pinocchio|Collodi Nipote
What power so dangerous, when moral earnestness ceases to inspire the feelings?The Mirrors of Downing Street|Harold Begbie
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|Eugene Sue
Besides her distinguished beauty, Lady Blessington offered much, in her life and surroundings, to inspire a painter.
British Dictionary definitions for inspire
- to breathe into or upon
- to breathe life into
Word Origin for inspire
Word Origin and History 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.