inspire

[ in-spahyuh r ]SEE DEFINITION OF inspire

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR INSPIRE

These hopes that we have helped to inspire, we can help to fulfill.

Now we must choose if the example of our fathers and mothers will inspire us or condemn us.

It is a spectacle that may inspire the philosopher no less than the artist.

But there was much in the career of the great Napoleon to inspire enthusiasm.

The recollection served to inspire me with a new desperate courage.

She was beginning to inspire him with an indefinite uneasiness.

Then they did a thing that only a beloved leader could inspire.

A proper consideration of the value of time, will also inspire habits of punctuality.

Ziska bequeathed his skin to be used as a drum to inspire the valour of the Bohemians.

Oh there is a great future for us: you say I inspire you; let me!

WORD ORIGIN

mid-14c., enspiren, "to fill (the mind, heart, etc., with grace, etc.);" also "to prompt or induce (someone to do something)," from Old French enspirer (13c.), from Latin inspirare "inflame; blow into" (see inspiration), a loan-translation of Greek pnein in the Bible. General sense of "influence or animate with an idea or purpose" is from late 14c. Also sometimes used in literal sense in Middle English Related: Inspired; inspires; inspiring.

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