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 inspirer
Historical Examples of inspirer
Affection is the inspirer, intellect the up-and-doing agent of the soul.Cyropaedia
The inspirer of that revival of the Blanco party tottered where he stood.Nostromo: A Tale of the Seaboard
How could it have been otherwise, when her teacher and inspirer was love?Hidden Hand
Emma Dorothy Eliza Nevitte Southworth
He—the man—was the inspirer of that thing that to him seemed the most perfect of its kind.The Rescue
It is the mother of art; inspirer of poet, patriot and philosopher.Sex=The Unknown Quantity
- to breathe into or upon
- to breathe life into
Word Origin for inspire
c.1500, agent noun from 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.