- to fill with an animating, quickening, or exalting influence: His courage inspired his followers.
- to produce or arouse (a feeling, thought, etc.): to inspire confidence in others.
- to fill or affect with a specified feeling, thought, etc.: to inspire a person with distrust.
- to influence or impel: Competition inspired her to greater efforts.
- to animate, as an influence, feeling, thought, or the like, does: They were inspired by a belief in a better future.
- to communicate or suggest by a divine or supernatural influence: writings inspired by God.
- to guide or control by divine influence.
- to prompt or instigate (utterances, acts, etc.) by influence, without avowal of responsibility.
- to give rise to, bring about, cause, etc.: a philosophy that inspired a revolution.
- to take (air, gases, etc.) into the lungs in breathing; inhale.
- to infuse (breath, life, etc.) by breathing (usually followed by into).
- to breathe into or upon.
- to give inspiration.
- to inhale.
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 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
- 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.
- To draw in breath; to inhale.