Origin of inspired
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
Related Words for inspiredinfluenced, moved, animated, excited, encouraged, stirred, activated, galvanized, inspirited, roused, fired, exalted, possessed, transported, touched, divine, guided, uplifted, ecstatic
Examples from the Web for inspired
Contemporary Examples of inspired
None of these, though, has inspired quite the same backlash as fluoride.Anti-Fluoriders Are The OG Anti-Vaxxers
July 27, 2016
We take enough time off in between so that our batteries get recharged and we get inspired again.Coffee Talk with Fred Armisen: On ‘Portlandia,’ Meeting Obama, and Taylor Swift’s Greatness
January 7, 2015
Seeing what they were doing, I was inspired to add my vision to their technique.The Photographer Who Gave Up Manhattan for Marrakech
January 6, 2015
An 18-year-old Swedish rapper/Internet meme has inspired legions of impressionable teens to get based in bucket hats.The Cult of Yung Lean: ‘I’m Building An Anarchistic Society From the Ground Up’
January 4, 2015
Ragtime, blues, country, jazz, soul, and rock and roll were all pioneered or inspired by black artists.The Cultural Crimes of Iggy Azalea
December 29, 2014
Historical Examples of inspired
Though younger than myself, she reciprocated the love she had inspired.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
They inspired me with a renewed confidence in our political future.'Tis Sixty Years Since
Charles Francis Adams
He suspected that the chief emotions he inspired were curiosity and mischievousness.
I want you to know that it was you who inspired Sunday Weeks, if any one did.
Do you suppose I believed for a moment those delays were not inspired?The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
- 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.