- Inflections of 'inspire' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
- v 3rd person singular
- v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
- v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
- v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
in•spire /ɪnˈspaɪr/USA pronunciation
v., -spired, -spir•ing. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
- to fill or affect (someone) with a strong or uplifting influence:[~ + object]Her courage inspired her followers.
- to fill or affect (someone) with any feeling, etc.:[~ + object + with + object]Their teacher inspired them with respect.
- to produce (a feeling, etc.):[~ + object + (in + object)]A good leader inspires confidence in his or her followers.
- to influence or impel (someone to do something): [~ + object + to + object]Competition inspired them to greater efforts.[~ + object + to + verb]Her criticisms inspired him to try harder.
- to communicate or suggest by a divine influence:[~ + object]Christians believe that the New Testament was inspired by God.
(in spīər′),USA pronunciation v., -spired, -spir•ing. v.t.
- to fill with an animating, quickening, or exalting influence:His courage inspired his followers.
- to produce or arouse (a feeling, thought, etc.):to inspire confidence in others.
- to fill or affect with a specified feeling, thought, etc.:to inspire a person with distrust.
- to influence or impel:Competition inspired her to greater efforts.
- to animate, as an influence, feeling, thought, or the like, does:They were inspired by a belief in a better future.
- to communicate or suggest by a divine or supernatural influence:writings inspired by God.
- to guide or control by divine influence.
- to prompt or instigate (utterances, acts, etc.) by influence, without avowal of responsibility.
- 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.
- to infuse (breath, life, etc.) by breathing (usually fol. by into).
- to breathe into or upon.
(in spīər′),USA pronunciation adj.
- to give inspiration.
- to inhale.
- Latin inspīrāre to breathe upon or into, equivalent. to in- in-2 + spīrāre to breathe
- Middle English inspiren 1300–50
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inspire /ɪnˈspaɪə/ vb
Etymology: 14th Century (in the sense: to breathe upon, blow into): from Latin inspīrāre, from spīrāre to breatheinˈspirable adj inˈspirative adj inˈspirer n inˈspiringly adv
- to exert a stimulating or beneficial effect upon (a person); animate or invigorate
- (tr; followed by with or to; may take an infinitive) to arouse (with a particular emotion or to a particular action); stir
- (transitive) to prompt or instigate; give rise to
- (tr; often passive) to guide or arouse by divine influence or inspiration
- to take or draw (air, gas, etc) into the lungs; inhale
- (transitive) archaic to breathe into or upon
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