verb (used with object)

to infuse spirit or life into; enliven.

Also enspirit.

Origin of inspirit

First recorded in 1600–10; in-2 + spirit
Related formsin·spir·it·er, nounin·spir·it·ing·ly, adverbin·spir·it·ment, nounun·in·spir·it·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for inspirit

Historical Examples of inspirit

  • "Of course they can't," said Dockwrath, who wished to inspirit the witnesses on his own side.

    Orley Farm

    Anthony Trollope

  • If this were intended in any way to inspirit him, it failed of its effect.

    The Squirrel Inn

    Frank R. Stockton

  • They had a spell of steady swimming, companionship to inspirit it.

  • The arrival of the letter from Lechworthy did nothing to inspirit him.

  • He thought of this frequently, and allowed the thought to inspirit him.


    George Gissing

British Dictionary definitions for inspirit



(tr) to fill with vigour; inspire
Derived Formsinspiriter, nouninspiriting, adjectiveinspiritingly, adverbinspiritment, noun
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