What does inspire mean?

Definitions for inspire
ɪnˈspaɪərin·spire

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word inspire.

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. Young Sydney:

    Rio would be the next stepping stone, i hope I can use it to inspire other people through my journey.

  2. Thomas Zurbuchen:

    Bennu continues to surprise us with great science and also throwing a few curveballs, although we may have to move more quickly to stow the sample, it's not a bad problem to have. We are so excited to see what appears to be an abundant sample that will inspire science for decades beyond this historic moment.

  3. Michelle Poler:

    Maybe it's not a 100-day thing, or maybe it is, and after 100 days it's my job to inspire as many people as I can to come on board and join me in this fearless experience.

  4. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko:

    Over the last few days we have heard conciliatory statements form the Russian side, cool story, but really hard to believe. How can you urge an antiterrorist coalition if you inspire terrorism right in front of your door ?

  5. Tim Pawlenty:

    Part of leadership is to inspire and in this media, news, political world, you have to be inspiring, he is going to have to up his game because the debate last night and even before, the response was that was not sufficiently inspiring.

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