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Inspire meaning

inspire - 10 dictionary results

  1. 1. urge on or encourage especially by shouts; " The crowd cheered the demonstrating strikers"
  2. 2. To breathe into; to fill with the breath; to animate.
  3. 3. To infuse by breathing, or as if by breathing.
  4. 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. 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; as, to inspire a child with sentiments of virtue.
  6. 6. To breathe; to blow gently.
  7. 7. To draw in by the operation of breathing; to inhale; - opposed to expire.
  8. 8. To draw in breath; to inhale air into the lungs; - opposed to expire.
  9. 9. To breathe in or into; infuse by breathing; affect by a superior influence.
  10. 10. To draw in breath.

inspire - examples of usage

  1. I shouldn't be surprised if she did inspire him to attempt something of that kind." - "A Hazard of New Fortunes, Part Fifth", William Dean Howells.
  2. " Nettleship thinks that as I'm a little chap I shouldn't inspire the same respect among the Frenchmen that you will," he said, as we shook hands before I went down the side. - "Paddy Finn", W. H. G. Kingston.
  3. Were this experiment to succeed, the decent and comfortable condition afforded by industry might raise the aborigines in their own estimation, and inspire them with hope to attain to a state of equality with the white men, which, without having some such examples set before them, must seem to them unattainable. - "Journal of an Expedition into the Interior of Tropical Australia In Search of a Route from Sydney to the Gulf of Carpentaria (1848) by Lt. Col. Sir Thomas Livingstone Mitchell Kt. D.C.L. (1792-1855) Surveyor-General of New South Wales", Thomas Mitchell.
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