[ in-spahyuh rd ]
/ ɪnˈspaɪərd /


aroused, animated, or imbued with the spirit to do something, by or as if by supernatural or divine influence: an inspired poet.
resulting from such inspiration: an inspired poem; an inspired plan.
inhaled: inspired air.

Origin of inspired

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at inspire, -ed2


in·spir·ed·ly [in-spahy-rid-lee, -spahyuh rd-] /ɪnˈspaɪ rɪd li, -ˈspaɪərd-/, adverb

Definition for inspired (2 of 2)

[ in-spahyuh r ]
/ ɪnˈspaɪər /

verb (used with object), in·spired, in·spir·ing.

verb (used without object), in·spired, in·spir·ing.

to give inspiration.
to inhale.

Origin of inspire

1300–50; Middle English inspiren < Latin inspīrāre to breathe upon or into, equivalent to in- in-2 + spīrāre to breathe

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British Dictionary definitions for inspired (1 of 2)

/ (ɪnˈspaɪəd) /


aroused or guided by or as if aroused or guided by divine inspirationan inspired performance; she was like one inspired
extremely accurate or apt but based on intuition rather than knowledge or logical deductionan inspired guess

British Dictionary definitions for inspired (2 of 2)

/ (ɪnˈspaɪə) /


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
  1. to breathe into or upon
  2. to breathe life into

Derived forms of inspire

inspirable, adjectiveinspirative, adjectiveinspirer, nouninspiringly, adverb

Word Origin for inspire

C14 (in the sense: to breathe upon, blow into): from Latin inspīrāre, from spīrāre to breathe
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Medical definitions for inspired

[ ĭn-spīr ]


To draw in breath; to inhale.
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