inspire
verb (inspired; inspiring) Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French inspirer, from Latin inspirare, from in- + spirare to breathe Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. a. to influence, move, or guide by divine or supernatural inspiration b. to exert an animating, enlivening, or exalting influence on <
was particularly inspired by the Romanticists
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c. to spur on ; impel, motivate <
threats don't necessarily inspire people to work
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d. affect <
seeing the old room again inspired him with nostalgia
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2. a. archaic to breathe or blow into or upon b. archaic to infuse (as life) by breathing 3. a. to communicate to an agent supernaturally b. to draw forth or bring out <
thoughts inspired by a visit to the cathedral
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4. inhale 1 5. a. bring about, occasion <
the book was inspired by his travels in the Far East
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b. incite 6. to spread (rumor) by indirect means or through the agency of another intransitive verb inhaleinspirer noun

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