What does inspire mean?

Definitions for inspire
ɪnˈspaɪərin·spire

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. inspire, animate, invigorate, enliven, exalt(verb)

    heighten or intensify

    "These paintings exalt the imagination"

  2. inspire(verb)

    supply the inspiration for

    "The article about the artist inspired the exhibition of his recent work"

  3. prompt, inspire, instigate(verb)

    serve as the inciting cause of

    "She prompted me to call my relatives"

  4. 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"

  5. revolutionize, revolutionise, inspire(verb)

    fill with revolutionary ideas

  6. 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"

GCIDE

  1. Inspire(v. t.)

    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 inspire a person to do extraordinary feats.

    Etymology: [OE. enspiren, OF. enspirer, inspirer, F. inspirer, fr. L. inspirare; pref. in- in + spirare to breathe. See Spirit.]

Wiktionary

  1. inspire(Verb)

    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.

    Etymology: From enspirer, from inspirare, present active infinitive of inspiro, itself a loan-translation of the Ancient Greek πνέω in the Bible, from in + spiro.

  2. inspire(Verb)

    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.

    Etymology: From enspirer, from inspirare, present active infinitive of inspiro, itself a loan-translation of the Ancient Greek πνέω in the Bible, from in + spiro.

  3. inspire(Verb)

    To draw in by the operation of breathing; to inhale.

    Etymology: From enspirer, from inspirare, present active infinitive of inspiro, itself a loan-translation of the Ancient Greek πνέω in the Bible, from in + spiro.

  4. inspire(Verb)

    To infuse by breathing, or as if by breathing.

    Etymology: From enspirer, from inspirare, present active infinitive of inspiro, itself a loan-translation of the Ancient Greek πνέω in the Bible, from in + spiro.

  5. inspire(Verb)

    To breathe into; to fill with the breath; to animate.

    Etymology: From enspirer, from inspirare, present active infinitive of inspiro, itself a loan-translation of the Ancient Greek πνέω in the Bible, from in + spiro.

  6. inspire(Verb)

    To spread rumour indirectly.

    Etymology: From enspirer, from inspirare, present active infinitive of inspiro, itself a loan-translation of the Ancient Greek πνέω in the Bible, from in + spiro.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Inspire(verb)

    to breathe into; to fill with the breath; to animate

    Etymology: [OE. enspiren, OF. enspirer, inspirer, F. inspirer, fr. L. inspirare; pref. in- in + spirare to breathe. See Spirit.]

  2. Inspire(verb)

    to infuse by breathing, or as if by breathing

    Etymology: [OE. enspiren, OF. enspirer, inspirer, F. inspirer, fr. L. inspirare; pref. in- in + spirare to breathe. See Spirit.]

  3. Inspire(verb)

    to draw in by the operation of breathing; to inhale; -- opposed to expire

    Etymology: [OE. enspiren, OF. enspirer, inspirer, F. inspirer, fr. L. inspirare; pref. in- in + spirare to breathe. See Spirit.]

  4. Inspire(verb)

    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

    Etymology: [OE. enspiren, OF. enspirer, inspirer, F. inspirer, fr. L. inspirare; pref. in- in + spirare to breathe. See Spirit.]

  5. Inspire(verb)

    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

    Etymology: [OE. enspiren, OF. enspirer, inspirer, F. inspirer, fr. L. inspirare; pref. in- in + spirare to breathe. See Spirit.]

  6. Inspire(verb)

    to draw in breath; to inhale air into the lungs; -- opposed to expire

    Etymology: [OE. enspiren, OF. enspirer, inspirer, F. inspirer, fr. L. inspirare; pref. in- in + spirare to breathe. See Spirit.]

  7. Inspire(verb)

    to breathe; to blow gently

    Etymology: [OE. enspiren, OF. enspirer, inspirer, F. inspirer, fr. L. inspirare; pref. in- in + spirare to breathe. See Spirit.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Inspire

    in-spīr′, v.t. to breathe into: to draw or inhale into the lungs: to infuse by breathing, or as if by breathing: to infuse into the mind: to instruct by divine influence: to instruct or affect with a superior influence.—v.i. to draw in the breath.—adj. Inspir′able, able to be inhaled.—n. Inspirā′tion, the act of inspiring or breathing into: a breath: the divine influence by which the sacred writers of the Bible were instructed: superior elevating or exciting influence.—adjs. Inspirā′tional, Inspiratory (in-spir′a-tor-i, or in′spir-a-tor-i), belonging to or aiding inspiration or inhalation.—n. Inspirā′tionist, one who maintains the direct inspiration of the Scriptures.—adj. Inspired′, actuated or directed by divine influence: influenced by elevated feeling: prompted by superior, but not openly declared, knowledge or authority: actually authoritative.—n. Inspir′er.—adv. Inspir′ingly. [Fr.,—L. inspirārein, into, spirāre, to breathe.]

CrunchBase

  1. Inspire

    "ClinicaHealth"which builds online communities for health organizations has changed its name to "Inspire".This company was founded 2005 to allow individuals and caregivers facing specific health conditions to connect with one another in a secure, privacy-protected environment.

Editors Contribution

  1. inspire

    To provide with intuitive, accurate, specific sane, practical and logical ideas and thoughts.

    She did inspire her teammates as much as they inspired her.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 11, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'inspire' in Verbs Frequency: #666

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of inspire in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of inspire in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of inspire in a Sentence

  1. EMEASOBA GEORGE:

    Listen up, you should help someone else financially in order for him or her to realize his or her dreams, visions or aspirations. Better still, do motivate or inspire someone else, so that he or she can dare to pursue and actualize his or her dreams, visions or aspirations. In other words, you should sponsor at least someone. Because, you can sponsor at least someone right here or out there, in order for him or her to realize his or her dreams, visions or aspirations. Note: helping someone else by any means to realize his or her dreams, visions or aspirations is indirectly and unknowingly helping your own self to realize yours. Thus, endeavour to do just that sooner or later. ~Emeasoba George.

  2. Socrates, Quoted in: Plato, Phaedrus.:

    When desire, having rejected reason and overpowered judgment which leads to right, is set in the direction of the pleasure which beauty can inspire . . .

  3. Veronica Campbell-Brown:

    I still want to inspire young women.

  4. Toni Myers:

    The main reason I wanted to make the film was to inspire our audiences, young and old, but particularly young people, when you see the Earth from that perspective it's a whole emotional experience and you see just how beautiful the planet is and when you also see some of the things that are happening to it, it was to inspire people that it is definitely worth taking care of it, better stewardship in the future, trying to find solutions for some of the problems that we're facing, but that we can do it if we work together.

  5. Dinesh Trivedi:

    In terms of experience, Mamata Banerjee is far ahead, i wouldn't be surprised if Rahul Gandhi or Priyanka Gandhi would look at Mamata Banerjee as somebody who could really inspire them.

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