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[ in-spahyuhrd ]


  1. aroused, animated, or imbued with the spirit to do something, by or as if by supernatural or divine influence:

    an inspired poet.

  2. resulting from such inspiration:

    an inspired poem;

    an inspired plan.

  3. inhaled:

    inspired air.


/ ɪnˈspaɪəd /


  1. aroused or guided by or as if aroused or guided by divine inspiration

    she was like one inspired

    an inspired performance

  2. extremely accurate or apt but based on intuition rather than knowledge or logical deduction

    an inspired guess

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  • in·spir·ed·ly [in-, spahy, -rid-lee, -, spahyuhrd, -], adverb

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Word History and Origins

Origin of inspired1

First recorded in 1400–50; inspire + -ed 2

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Example Sentences

To stay inspired, mine adversityConfronting challenges can lead to creative awakenings.

I feel inspired and hopeful that some good will come out of this very difficult time in our country and the world’s history.

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She left me incredibly inspired to do more for those that have a different set of life challenges.

Despite a few moments of inspired grandeur, Nightmare Alley is an ornamental tribute more than the real deal, and the fact that it thinks it’s the latter ultimately goes a long way toward kneecapping its potency.

“I was already really passionate about the project, but just talking to them, seeing their faces and hearing them explain the problem made me that much more inspired,” added Jacob Zlonitsky, 18, who is headed to Boston University in the fall.

None of these, though, has inspired quite the same backlash as fluoride.

We take enough time off in between so that our batteries get recharged and we get inspired again.

Seeing what they were doing, I was inspired to add my vision to their technique.

Although he brings a Western spin to things, he seems equally inspired by the local sense of style.

An 18-year-old Swedish rapper/Internet meme has inspired legions of impressionable teens to get based in bucket hats.

The well-known "cock and bull" stories of small children are inspired by this love of strong effect.

The other is the new theory: that the Bible is the work of many men whom God had inspired to speak or write the truth.

But if the Bible was written by men, some of them more or less inspired, then it would not, in all probability be wholly perfect.

I felt inspired, for the piano I was at was a magnificent grand that Steinway presented to Liszt only the other day.

How much brighter still might that Genius shine, could it be equally inspired by Good-nature!