inspire

[ in-spahyuh r ]
/ ɪnˈspaɪər /

verb (used with object), in·spired, in·spir·ing.

verb (used without object), in·spired, in·spir·ing.

to give inspiration.
to inhale.

Origin of inspire

1300–50; Middle English inspiren < Latin inspīrāre to breathe upon or into, equivalent to in- in-2 + spīrāre to breathe

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British Dictionary definitions for inspiring

inspire

/ (ɪnˈspaɪə) /

verb

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
  1. to breathe into or upon
  2. to breathe life into

Derived Forms

inspirable, adjectiveinspirative, adjectiveinspirer, nouninspiringly, adverb

Word Origin for inspire

C14 (in the sense: to breathe upon, blow into): from Latin inspīrāre, from spīrāre to breathe
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Medicine definitions for inspiring

inspire

[ ĭn-spīr ]

v.

To draw in breath; to inhale.
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