Definition of inspire in US English:



[with object]
  • 1Fill (someone) with the urge or ability to do or feel something, especially to do something creative.

    with object and infinitive ‘his passion for romantic literature inspired him to begin writing’
    • ‘The balconies are empty, but these romantic houses inspire me.’
    • ‘However, their recent press advertising campaign inspires one to blog.’
    • ‘It displays the workings of the press in a way that inspires one to never believe a word he reads again.’
    • ‘I was inspired by my creative writing class to write a chapter-by-chapter plot of the revision.’
    • ‘It's no secret these are roughly analogous to major chakra points, and they've even inspired me on my creative ventures.’
    • ‘We're creatively inspired by these really thorny issues.’
    • ‘Some courses are poorly marketed and hardly inspire one to join.’
    • ‘Pat's athletic ability inspired him to use his talents for the betterment of many local charities and so began a lifetime of running marathons for both worthy local causes and national charities.’
    • ‘Taking a breath, I began to sing, letting Brody Armstrong's voice fill my head and inspire me to sing.’
    • ‘Let them stimulate your creativity and inspire you to begin a certification project in your own association.’
    • ‘As such, I am inspired by the creative solutions of many companies protecting their intellectual property.’
    • ‘Discerning, astute, uncompromising, his leadership inspired one to venture against all odds.’
    • ‘The challenge inspires me to urge the government to decide boldly to go ahead with the Bid.’
    • ‘They all encouraged my creativity and inspired me in many ways.’
    • ‘There's something about mountains, the way they inspire us, fill us with hopes and dreams.’
    • ‘The ArtAbout group was formed in 1999 by Northern Rivers artists who wanted to share ideas and inspire one another.’
    • ‘Instead, after interviewing Juliette, her life story and philosophy inspired us to make it our feature story.’
    • ‘He spoke briefly about the things which inspired him to begin his film making career, and then let his creations do his talking for him.’
    • ‘I was inspired by their ability to survive the Canadian winters and was always curious about what they wore on their feet.’
    • ‘I've also inspired one of my friends to get back into it.’
    inspirational, encouraging, heartening, uplifting, stirring, rousing, stimulating, electrifying, exhilarating, exciting
    stimulate, motivate, cause, incline, persuade, encourage, influence, rouse, move, stir, spur, spur on, goad, energize, galvanize, incite, impel
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    1. 1.1 Create (a feeling, especially a positive one) in a person.
      ‘their past record does not inspire confidence’
      • ‘It inspires feelings of affection and loyalty and such feelings are to be valued, not carelessly disregarded.’
      • ‘The judges were powerful men and their social rank and position inspired loyalty.’
      • ‘I'm feeling a little lost and alone right now, which I didn't realise until the movie inspired the feelings in me.’
      • ‘He inspires love and loyalty, makes a strategic marriage but never loses sight of his boyhood love Hephaistion and never loses his eye for a pretty boy.’
      • ‘What inspired that feeling and that feeling itself make up the raw data with which our minds work - acknowledged, analyzed, they keep us on track.’
      • ‘Some saying that a turn over in those key positions might help inspire confidence here at the White House.’
      • ‘This way also probably inspires a feeling of equality, which is what today's woman seeks.’
      • ‘But they've left it late, and their track record doesn't inspire confidence.’
      • ‘Little in this record was calculated to inspire enthusiasm among the electors of the Ulivo coalition, let alone those who had voted against it.’
      • ‘The word inspires feelings of hostility among many Christians here in the United States.’
      • ‘The art of the Baroque explores the wild and joyful feelings inspired by the end of winter and this is displayed in the fabrics and textures of the new fashions.’
      • ‘Witney is a town that, whilst undergoing change that at times can be traumatic, inspires affection and loyalty in its residents.’
      • ‘I want to know how he did it; I want to know how he rose to such an all-powerful position and inspired the fanatical love and worship from so many of his followers.’
      • ‘Just reading the name inspires feeling of pity - imagine sharing your middle name with a town most famous for having an unusually large bus station.’
      • ‘So why do certain animals invoke admiration while others inspire pity or disdain?’
      • ‘‘No problem’ in America created apprehension, but in Bulgaria it inspired confidence.’
      • ‘The coy reticence that he exhibits when asked the tough questions about his position don't inspire confidence in his motives and agenda.’
      • ‘What if the other party nominates a candidate whose record doesn't inspire confidence with respect to national security?’
      • ‘The gearbox is tight, but positive and the steering inspires confidence.’
      • ‘All I will say is that he was a leader who inspired love and loyalty and keep us fighting, 18 hours a day, over five weeks to victory.’
      arouse, awaken, prompt, cause, induce, ignite, trigger, kindle, produce, generate, bring out, bring about, give rise to, sow the seeds of
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    2. 1.2inspire someone with Animate someone with (such a feeling)
      ‘he inspired his students with a vision of freedom’
      • ‘Kathleen once wrote about how he inspired me with his own love of pure science and with his enthusiastic spirit of enquiry and at the same time he left me entirely free to follow my own line of research.’
      • ‘But the Malayalam film songs composed by Salil Chowdhury inspired me with self-confidence, with hopes and dreams of a better tomorrow.’
      • ‘He floored them with his simple demeanour and inspired them with his motivating speech on ‘My Beautiful India.’’
      • ‘This is an act of terrorism which, once again, inspires us with horror.’
      • ‘The way the thing in Peru started, is because they were inspired with what we were doing here.’
      • ‘Throughout the last four years of knowing her, she inspired me with her own zest and determination for life that taught me to follow my dream.’
      • ‘But I can say I have a fondness for the California Arts & Crafts style that Bernard Maybeck inspired me with in the early part of my schooling and career.’
      • ‘There was a soul-searching desperation in his eyes that inspired Roza with both compassion and a strange excitement.’
      • ‘These are but some of the wise precepts your Lord has inspired you with.’
      • ‘A review of your native mountains, of their heights of gray sublimity, and their dark woody glens would now inspire you with more noble enthusiasm than all the fertile and classic shores of Greece.’
      • ‘Well, as usual, it was Eric who inspired me with his words on how he enjoys living in the safe (Cleveland, if I remember correctly).’
      • ‘Do keep visiting our site and inspiring us with your comments and questions.’
      • ‘Christensen, a BIG investor, inspired Collins with the notion that systems can be put in place to accelerate innovation.’
      • ‘‘They had always inspired me with their true professionalism is a benchmark,’ he explained.’
      • ‘They in turn touched all of our hearts and inspired us with their ambition.’
      • ‘Paul and his mother both know that Mrs. Morel herself inspires Paul with the strength and the warmth to do his best at painting, but it is Miriam who brings out the intensity and the depth of his work.’
      • ‘Stokes inspired Rayleigh with his lectures which combined theory and practice in a novel way with many physical experiments being carried out during the lectures.’
      • ‘He inspires Asteropaeus with the courage to stand up to Achilles.’
      • ‘She has inspired me with her open-mindedness, her multi-lingual skills and her ability to blend seamlessly with different cultures.’
      • ‘Despite his commitment to medicine, he takes two attempts to make a good doctor; as paediatrician, Peter would not have inspired me with trust.’
    3. 1.3 Give rise to.
      ‘the movie was successful enough to inspire a sequel’
      • ‘The collection is inspired by colour and styles of various international cricket teams and features cartoon characters in some truly explosive cricket action.’
      • ‘Constructed in 1921 in a style inspired by Tang Dynasty architecture, the building was listed as a Grade 3 heritage site in 1988.’
      • ‘For instance, seeing O'Toole and Burton spar in the pro-cleric film Beckett helped inspire my studies of medieval history.’
      • ‘Heading this new effort to bring styles inspired by the famous professional golfer to the market is David Capano, a former senior executive at Vantage.’
      • ‘Burberry says its 2002 collections were inspired by the inimitable style of London in the 1960s.’
      • ‘Prague was the only city in which an architectural style inspired by Cubism developed.’
      • ‘His style combines Mannerist formulas inspired by his years in Rome with a breadth of handling in the tradition of late Titian and Tintoretto.’
      • ‘Bell relays the brothers' story in broad pantomime style, with costumes inspired by the Victorian era's Orientalist notions.’
      • ‘Even more backward-looking are the works inspired by the styles of other artists, such as the watercolors he created in Venice, with their clear echoes of Turner.’
      • ‘These plaits and twists are inspired by African tribal styles, with a hint of Asia and sometimes even South America.’
      • ‘This mood sharply contrasts last season's hard, flat, angular styles, which were inspired by the 1980s, said Gray.’
      • ‘Asante's decision to make her central character an 18-year-old racist white girl was inspired by the rise in girl gang crime a few years ago.’
      • ‘It was his time in the minors that Boras says inspired his no-holds-barred negotiating style.’
      • ‘Its style was heavily inspired by the Dogme films from Denmark.’
      • ‘That rise was inspired by the launch of the company's NavStream 3000 platform, which allows accurate indoor and outdoor positioning across a range of devices.’
      • ‘His textiles were presented in a style inspired by various traditional clothes in Asia.’
      • ‘His costume, boots, pants all were inspired by the style of that period.’
      • ‘A Scottish author whose novel inspired one of the most controversial movies in cinema history has revealed he is to write a sequel.’
      • ‘The film inspired two sequels and a cult TV series.’
      • ‘The style is inspired by a futuristic vision of the world as depicted by the TV shows and films of the swinging sixties.’
      give rise to, lead to, result in, bring about, cause, be the cause of, prompt, produce, spawn, engender
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  • 2Breathe in (air); inhale.

    • ‘In the current study, breathing pattern was measured using a pneumotachograph attached to a T piece while the patient inspired supplemental oxygen.’
    breathe in, draw in, suck in, sniff in, gasp, gulp, drink in
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Middle English enspire, from Old French inspirer, from Latin inspirare ‘breathe or blow into’ from in- ‘into’ + spirare ‘breathe’. The word was originally used of a divine or supernatural being, in the sense ‘impart a truth or idea to someone’.