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 inspiring
Yet to hear one of the victims so publicly rejecting the kinds of terms used in the past was inspiring.Jennifer Lawrence’s Righteous Fury Says Everything We Wanted to Say|Kevin O’Keeffe|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Tickets go on sale to the public January 15; check back then for a link and an early peek at the inspiring lineup of speakers.
There are plenty of tragic and inspiring choices, but the most obvious legacy Castro will leave behind is the broken family.The Life and Hard Times Of The Family A Cuban Defector Left Behind|Brin-Jonathan Butler|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Inspiring others to follow in their footsteps is one of the best parts of the gig, the drivers said.The Moms of Monster Jam Drive Trucks, Buck Macho Culture|Eliza Krigman|November 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Her bouts with cancer—all three of them—were inspiring, heartbreaking, and, most of all, real.MTV’s Diem Brown Dies: When Reality TV Starts Getting Real|Kevin Fallon|November 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She is sincerely glad, and yet—is she incapable of inspiring a lasting regard?Floyd Grandon's Honor|Amanda Minnie Douglas
That curiosity, that wonder, of which Aristotle speaks as the inspiring spirit of philosophy, is dead.A Critical History of Greek Philosophy|W. T. Stace
The entire mountain in all its inspiring detail lay at his feet, a wonder spectacle of first magnitude.The Book of the National Parks|Robert Sterling Yard
General Seeley was in command through two trying days and nights, inspiring the officers and men with his courage and activity.
The monument is one hundred and fifty-four feet high, and has a noble and inspiring grace and grandeur.
British Dictionary definitions for inspiring
- to breathe into or upon
- to breathe life into
Word Origin for inspire
Word Origin and History for inspiring
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.