Inspire - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ɪnˈspaɪər|  American pronunciation of the word inspire
Brit.  |ɪnˈspaɪə|  British pronunciation of the word inspire


- heighten or intensify (syn: animate, enliven, exalt, invigorate)
- supply the inspiration for
The article about the artist inspired the exhibition of his recent work
- serve as the inciting cause of (syn: instigate, prompt)
- spur on or encourage especially by cheers and shouts (syn: barrack, cheer, exhort, urge)
- fill with revolutionary ideas (syn: revolutionize)
- draw in (air) (syn: inhale)
The lung cancer patient cannot inspire air very well

Extra examples

He inspired generations of future scientists.

Her courage has inspired us.

His discoveries inspired a whole new line of scientific research.

Her first novel was inspired by her early childhood.

The news inspired hope that the war might end soon.

The general's speech inspired vigour in the men.

Threats don't necessarily inspire people to work.

We need someone who can inspire the team.

He inspired many young people to take up the sport.

I hope this success will inspire you to greater efforts.

Inspired by the sunny weather, I decided to explore the woods.

Gandhi's quiet dignity inspired great respect.

His driving hardly inspires confidence.

The hospital's record does not inspire confidence.

The story was inspired by a chance meeting with an old Russian duke.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: inspire
he/she/it: inspires
present participle: inspiring
past tense: inspired
past participle: inspired
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