AskDefine | Define inspire

Dictionary Definition



1 heighten or intensify; "These paintings exalt the imagination" [syn: animate, invigorate, enliven, exalt]
2 supply the inspiration for; "The article about the artist inspired the exhibition of his recent work"
3 serve as the inciting cause of; "She prompted me to call my relatives" [syn: prompt, instigate]
4 urge on or encourage especially by shouts; "The crowd cheered the demonstrating strikers" [syn: cheer, urge, barrack, urge on, exhort, pep up]
5 fill with revolutionary ideas [syn: revolutionize, revolutionise]
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" [syn: inhale, breathe in] [ant: exhale]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. To breathe into; to fill with the breath; to animate.
  2. To infuse by breathing, or as if by breathing.
  3. To draw in by the operation of breathing; to inhale.
  4. To infuse into the mind; to communicate to the spirit; to convey, as by a divine or supernatural influence; to disclose preternaturally; to produce in, as by inspiration.
  5. To infuse into; to affect, as with a superior or supernatural influence; to fill with what animates, enlivens, or exalts; to communicate inspiration to.
    to inspire a child with sentiments of virtue.


Derived terms


to breathe into; to fill with the breath; to animate
  • Italian: ispirare
to infuse by breathing, or as if by breathing
  • Italian: ispirare
to draw in by the operation of breathing; to inhale
  • Dutch: inademen
  • Hungarian: belélegzik
  • Italian: ispirare
to infuse into the mind; to communicate to the spirit
  • Dutch: inspireren
to infuse into; to affect, as with a superior or supernatural influence
  • Hungarian: ösztönöz, lelkesít



  1. Form of First-person singular present subjunctive, inspirer
  2. Form of Third-person singular present subjunctive, inspirer
  3. Form of Second-person singular imperative, inspirer

Extensive Definition

Inspiration may refer to: Personal inspiration, A person can have an idol, the idol can have a skill that the idolator wants.> Artistic inspiration, sudden creativity in artistic production
  • Revelation, an uncovering or disclosure of something hidden via communication from the divine
  • Biblical inspiration, the doctrine in Judeo-Christian theology concerned with the divine origin of the Bible
  • Inhalation, the movement of air into the lungs
In business:
In film:

See also

Inspiration comes from life experiences, feelings, dreams, and thoughts. Inspiration is what makes great things happen.
inspire in Danish: Inspiration
inspire in German: Inspiration
inspire in Spanish: Inspiración
inspire in French: Inspiration
inspire in Japanese: インスパイア
inspire in Norwegian: Inspirasjon

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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