inspire Definition

  • 1to make someone feel that they want to do something and can do it
  • 2to give someone an idea for a book, film, product, etc.

Using inspire: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "inspire" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    Her courage inspired me to be brave too.

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    The beauty of the landscape inspired him to write a poem.

  • Example

    The team was inspired by their coach's pep talk.

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    The movie was inspired by a true story.

inspire Synonyms and Antonyms

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Idioms Using inspire

  • to feel enthusiastic or motivated to do something


    After watching the TED talk, I was inspired to start my own business.

  • strike an inspired chord

    to create or say something that resonates deeply with others


    Her speech at the conference struck an inspired chord with the audience.

  • to motivate someone to achieve great things


    The coach inspired his team to greatness with his leadership and encouragement.

Phrases with inspire

  • having been influenced or stimulated by someone or something


    Her fashion designs were inspired by her travels around the world.

  • to make someone feel confident about something


    His calm demeanor inspired confidence in his team during the crisis.

  • to make someone feel afraid


    The horror movie inspired fear in the audience.

Origins of inspire

from Latin 'inspirare', meaning 'to breathe into'


Summary: inspire in Brief

To 'inspire' [ɪnˈspaɪər] is to motivate or encourage someone to do something, or to give someone an idea for a creative work. It can be used in contexts ranging from personal growth to artistic creation, as in 'The beauty of the landscape inspired him to write a poem.' 'Inspire' can also be used in phrases like 'inspired by,' and idioms like 'be inspired,' which means to feel enthusiastic or motivated.

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