Definitions for INSPIREɪnˈspaɪər
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
(v.t.)to fill with an animating, quickening, or exalting influence:
Her courage inspired her followers.
to produce or arouse (a feeling, thought, etc.):
to inspire confidence.
to fill or affect with a feeling, thought, etc.
to influence or impel:
Competition inspired them to greater efforts.
to communicate or suggest by a divine or supernatural influence.
to guide or control by divine influence.
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.
Archaic. to infuse (breath, life, etc.) by breathing. to breathe into or upon.
(v.i.)to give inspiration.
Origin of inspire:
1300–50; ME < L inspīrāre to breathe upon or into =in-in-2+spīrāre to breathe
inspire, animate, invigorate, enliven, exalt(verb)
heighten or intensify
"These paintings exalt the imagination"
supply the inspiration for
"The article about the artist inspired the exhibition of his recent work"
prompt, inspire, instigate(verb)
serve as the inciting cause of
"She prompted me to call my relatives"
cheer, root on, inspire, urge, barrack, urge on, exhort, pep up(verb)
spur on or encourage especially by cheers and shouts
"The crowd cheered the demonstrating strikers"
revolutionize, revolutionise, inspire(verb)
fill with revolutionary ideas
inhale, inspire, breathe in(verb)
draw in (air)
"Inhale deeply"; "inhale the fresh mountain air"; "The patient has trouble inspiring"; "The lung cancer patient cannot inspire air very well"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
to cause sb to want to do sth, or to have an idea or feeling
Listening to him as a child inspired me to be a musician.; The design was inspired by a shell she found on the beach.; His leadership inspires confidence in people.; an inspiring speaker/performer/leader; The sermon was inspiring.
To infuse into the mind; to communicate to the spirit; to convey, as by a divine or supernatural influence; to disclose preternaturally; to produce in, as by inspiration.
To infuse into; to affect, as with a superior or supernatural influence; to fill with what animates, enlivens or exalts; to communicate inspiration to.
Elders should inspire children with sentiments of virtue.
To draw in by the operation of breathing; to inhale.
To infuse by breathing, or as if by breathing.
To breathe into; to fill with the breath; to animate.
To spread rumour indirectly.
Origin: From enspirer, from inspirare, present active infinitive of inspiro, itself a loan-translation of the Ancient Greek πνέω in the Bible, from in + spiro.
to breathe into; to fill with the breath; to animate
to infuse by breathing, or as if by breathing
to draw in by the operation of breathing; to inhale; -- opposed to expire
to infuse into the mind; to communicate to the spirit; to convey, as by a divine or supernatural influence; to disclose preternaturally; to produce in, as by inspiration
to infuse into; to affect, as with a superior or supernatural influence; to fill with what animates, enlivens, or exalts; to communicate inspiration to; as, to inspire a child with sentiments of virtue
to draw in breath; to inhale air into the lungs; -- opposed to expire
to breathe; to blow gently
Translations for INSPIRE
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
to encourage by filling with eg confidence, enthusiasm etc
The players were inspired by the loyalty of their supporters and played better football than ever before.
- يُعْطي الثِّقَه، يُشَجِّعArabic
- inspirarPortuguese (BR)
- inspirere; tilskyndeDanish
- ενθαρρύνω, εμψυχώνωGreek
- animar, estimularSpanish
- القاء کردنFarsi
- प्रेरणा देनाHindi
- memberi doronganIndonesian
- hrífa; fylla hugmóðiIcelandic
- 영감에 의해서 이끌다Korean
- memberi doronganMalay
- القاء کردنPersian
- ساننه ايستل، الهام وركول: لمسول، زړه وركولPashto
- a stimulaRomanian
- ilham etmek/vermekTurkish
- 鼓舞Chinese (Trad.)
- متحرک کرناUrdu
- truyền cảm hứngVietnamese
- 鼓舞Chinese (Simp.)
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