- 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[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.
- 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. Word Origin Middle English enspire, from Old French inspirer, from Latin inspirare
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//