Definition of inspire verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    inspire

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈspaɪə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈspaɪər//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they inspire
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈspaɪə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈspaɪər//
     
    he / she / it inspires
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈspaɪəz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈspaɪərz//
     
    past simple inspired
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈspaɪəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈspaɪərd//
     
    past participle inspired
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈspaɪəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈspaɪərd//
     
    -ing form inspiring
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈspaɪərɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈspaɪərɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1to give somebody the desire, confidence or enthusiasm to do something well inspire somebody (with something) The actors inspired the kids with their enthusiasm. The actors' enthusiasm inspired the kids. inspire somebody to something His superb play inspired the team to a thrilling 5–0 win. inspire somebody to do something By visiting schools, the actors hope to inspire children to put on their own productions.
  2. 2[usually passive] inspire something to give somebody the idea for something, especially something artistic or that shows imagination The choice of decor was inspired by a trip to India. His paintings were clearly inspired by Monet’s work.
  3. 3to make somebody have a particular feeling or emotion inspire somebody (with something) Her work didn't exactly inspire me with confidence. inspire something (in somebody) As a general, he inspired great loyalty in his troops.
  4. Word Origin Middle English enspire, from Old French inspirer, from Latin inspirare ‘breathe or blow into’ from in- ‘into’ + spirare ‘breathe’. The word was originally used of a divine or supernatural being, in the sense ‘impart a truth or idea to someone’.Extra examples Henry did not inspire confidence as a figure of authority. It was this trip that helped to inspire his interest in Eastern thought. She is a young woman who inspires trust in everyone she meets. The actors visit schools and hope to inspire the children to put on their own productions. The council’s record in this area inspires little respect. The director inspired everybody on the project.
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