Definition of inspire :
1. To breathe into; to fill with the breath; to animate.
2. To breathe; to blow gently.
3. To draw in breath; to inhale air into the lungs; - opposed to expire.
4. To draw in by the operation of breathing; to inhale; - opposed to expire.
5. To infuse by breathing, or as if by breathing.
6. 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.
7. To infuse into; to affect, as with a superior or supernatural influence; to fill with what animates, enlivens, or exalts; to communicate inspiration to; as, to inspire a child with sentiments of virtue.
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cause (part of speech: verb)
motivate (part of speech: verb)
jolt, prompt, shove, pitch, entice, shoot, nudge, hasten, catapult, hurl, propel, stimulate, urge, fire, lob, strike, impel, instigate, push, hurtle, punch, heave, knock, magnetize, throw, jog, move, jerk, foment, energize, trigger, ram, thrust, jostle, bump, ferment, prod, fling, goad, launch, sling, poke
receive (part of speech: verb)
cheer (part of speech: verb)
- Inspire him with devotion to the holy order. - "Old Fritz and the New Era", Louise Muhlbach.
- 259.- The pleasure of love is in loving, we are happier in the passion we feel than in that we inspire. - "Reflections Or, Sentences and Moral Maxims", Francois Duc De La Rochefoucauld.
- Perhaps that was what she would still be- with those of his present hour; now too they might inspire her with the touch she best applied and was most instinctive mistress of: this didn't at all events strike him as what he should most resent. - "The Finer Grain", Henry James.