- 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 inspiringly
Historical Examples of inspiringly
The best way to teach children to love a poem is to read it inspiringly to them.Graded Poetry: Second Year
Didn't I already see, as I fumbled with a pen, of what the small dense formal garden might be inspiringly symbolic?Notes of a Son and Brother
It seemed to those honored by the serenaders that they had never before heard the fine old hymn so inspiringly sung.Marjorie Dean College Junior
How wonderfully and inspiringly God's two books supplement each other, no one can guess who has not put the two together.Sunday-School Success
Amos R. Wells
Its lofty mountain peaks basking in the clear blue ether, beckoned to us inspiringly and raised our expectations of success.Unknown Mexico, Volume 1 (of 2)
- 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
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.