American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To affect, guide, or arouse by divine influence.
- v. To fill with enlivening or exalting emotion: hymns that inspire the congregation; an artist who was inspired by Impressionism.
- v. To stimulate to action; motivate: a sales force that was inspired by the prospect of a bonus.
- v. To affect or touch: The falling leaves inspired her with sadness.
- v. To draw forth; elicit or arouse: a teacher who inspired admiration and respect.
- v. To be the cause or source of; bring about: an invention that inspired many imitations.
- v. To draw in (air) by inhaling.
- v. Archaic To breathe on.
- v. Archaic To breathe life into.
- v. To stimulate energies, ideals, or reverence: a leader who inspires by example.
- v. To inhale.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To breathe in; draw into the lungs; inhale: as, to inspire pure air: opposed to expire.
- To breathe into; infuse by or as if by breathing.
- Hence To actuate or influence; animate; affect, rouse, or control by an infused, animating, or exalting influence.
- Specifically To guide or control by divine influence; instruct or infuse with spiritual or divine knowledge.
- To inhale air; draw air into the lungs: opposed to expire.
- To blow; blow in.
- v. transitive 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.
- v. transitive To infuse into; to affect, as with a superior or supernatural influence; to fill with what animates, enlivens or exalts; to communicate inspiration to.
- v. intransitive To draw in by the operation of breathing; to inhale.
- v. To infuse by breathing, or as if by breathing.
- v. archaic (transitive) To breathe into; to fill with the breath; to animate.
- v. transitive To spread rumour indirectly.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To breathe into; to fill with the breath; to animate.
- v. To infuse by breathing, or as if by breathing.
- v. To draw in by the operation of breathing; to inhale; -- opposed to
- v. 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.
- v. To infuse into; to affect, as with a superior or supernatural influence; to fill with what animates, enlivens, or exalts; to communicate inspiration to.
- v. To draw in breath; to inhale air into the lungs; -- opposed to
- v. obsolete To breathe; to blow gently.
- v. supply the inspiration for
- v. spur on or encourage especially by cheers and shouts
- v. draw in (air)
- v. heighten or intensify
- v. fill with revolutionary ideas
- v. serve as the inciting cause of
- From Old French enspirer, from Latin īnspīrāre, present active infinitive of īnspīrō ("inspire"), itself a loan-translation of the Ancient Greek πνέω (pneō, "breathe") in the Bible, from in + spīrō ("breathe"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English enspiren, from Old French enspirer, from Latin īnspīrāre : in-, into; see in-2 + spīrāre, to breathe. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Did the family background you discovered while writing On Gold Mountain inspire you to focus on this aspect of your genetic inheritance in your fiction?”
“Sharing beautiful language and great stories that thrill and inspire is a pleasure for adults and children well into the middle-school years, and storytelling is such a welcome relief from all the policing jobs parents have to do.”
“Perhaps we can get women back into following good sense regarding clothing, and once again inspire the masculine men to paint pictures of them for all time, paintings that future generations would not be ashamed to see.”
“In the light of day, eyes open, he would use his hands, grabbing and kneading and pinching and gazing up at me, an adorable little beastie, ravenous and innocent and impossibly, impossibly soft, and I would wonder: how can a creature that brings such pain inspire such tenderness?”
“But in works like Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Dracula, The Wolfman, the fear that they inspire is the fear of the total loss of self.”
“According to Random House, the word inspire means:”
“Caused to Hyperventilate by a Professor An attempt to inspire is a flop.”
“She listened with fair success for another five minutes, then her mind wandered to her landlady at the lodgings; was she perfectly honest, did her expression inspire confidence?”
“Spire" has its roots in words that refer to plant shoots and blades of grass that taper to a point, while "inspire" comes from the Latin spirer, to breathe or take a breath.”
“It may in short inspire us with modesty and humility, and urge us on to fresh ardour in the practice of vir - tue.”
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