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inspire

[in-spahyuhr]
verb (used with object), inspired, inspiring.
1.
to fill with an animating, quickening, or exalting influence: His courage inspired his followers.
2.
to produce or arouse (a feeling, thought, etc.): to inspire confidence in others.
3.
to fill or affect with a specified feeling, thought, etc.: to inspire a person with distrust.
4.
to influence or impel: Competition inspired her to greater efforts.
5.
to animate, as an influence, feeling, thought, or the like, does: They were inspired by a belief in a better future.
6.
to communicate or suggest by a divine or supernatural influence: writings inspired by God.
7.
to guide or control by divine influence.
8.
to prompt or instigate (utterances, acts, etc.) by influence, without avowal of responsibility.
9.
to give rise to, bring about, cause, etc.: a philosophy that inspired a revolution.
10.
to take (air, gases, etc.) into the lungs in breathing; inhale.
11.
Archaic.
a.
to infuse (breath, life, etc.) by breathing (usually followed by into ).
b.
to breathe into or upon.
verb (used without object), inspired, inspiring.
12.
to give inspiration.
13.
to inhale.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English inspiren < Latin inspīrāre to breathe upon or into, equivalent to in- in-2 + spīrāre to breathe

inspirative [in-spahyuhr-uh-tiv, in-spi-rey-tiv] , adjective
inspirer, noun
inspiringly, adverb
preinspire, verb (used with object), preinspired, preinspiring.
pseudoinspiring, adjective
reinspire, verb, reinspired, reinspiring.
uninspiring, adjective
uninspiringly, adverb
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inspire (ɪnˈspaɪə)
 
vb
1.  to exert a stimulating or beneficial effect upon (a person); animate or invigorate
2.  (tr; foll by with or to; may take an infinitive) to arouse (with a particular emotion or to a particular action); stir
3.  (tr) to prompt or instigate; give rise to: her beauty inspired his love
4.  (tr; often passive) to guide or arouse by divine influence or inspiration
5.  to take or draw (air, gas, etc) into the lungs; inhale
6.  archaic (tr)
 a.  to breathe into or upon
 b.  to breathe life into
 
[C14 (in the sense: to breathe upon, blow into): from Latin inspīrāre, from spīrāre to breathe]
 
in'spirable
 
adj
 
in'spirative
 
adj
 
in'spirer
 
n
 
in'spiringly
 
adv

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Word Origin & History

inspire
mid-14c., from O.Fr. enspirer (12c.), from L. inspirare (see inspiration), a loan-translation of Gk. pnein in the Bible. General sense of "influence or animate with an idea or purpose" is from late 14c.
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inspire in·spire (ĭn-spīr')
v. in·spired, in·spir·ing, in·spires
To draw in breath; to inhale.

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