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Meaning & Definition of Inspire in English

English

Inspire

/ɪnspaɪr/

verb

1. Heighten or intensify

  • "These paintings exalt the imagination"
    synonym:
  • inspire
  • ,
  • animate
  • ,
  • invigorate
  • ,
  • enliven
  • ,
  • exalt

2. Supply the inspiration for

  • "The article about the artist inspired the exhibition of his recent work"
    synonym:
  • inspire

3. Serve as the inciting cause of

  • "She prompted me to call my relatives"
    synonym:
  • prompt
  • ,
  • inspire
  • ,
  • instigate

4. Spur on or encourage especially by cheers and shouts

  • "The crowd cheered the demonstrating strikers"
    synonym:
  • cheer
  • ,
  • root on
  • ,
  • inspire
  • ,
  • urge
  • ,
  • barrack
  • ,
  • urge on
  • ,
  • exhort
  • ,
  • pep up

5. Fill with revolutionary ideas

    synonym:
  • revolutionize
  • ,
  • revolutionise
  • ,
  • inspire

6. Draw in (air)

  • "Inhale deeply"
  • "Inhale the fresh mountain air"
  • "The patient has trouble inspiring"
  • "The lung cancer patient cannot inspire air very well"
    synonym:
  • inhale
  • ,
  • inspire
  • ,
  • breathe in

Examples of using

What is failure but humiliation, when it doesn't inspire the genius to overcome old barriers?