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Meaning of INSPIRE

Pronunciation:  in'spIr

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [v]  draw in (air); "Inhale deeply"; "inhale the fresh mountain air"; "The patient has trouble inspiring"; "The lung cancer patient cannot inspire air very well"
  2. [v]  fill with revolutionary ideas
  3. [v]  serve as the inciting cause of; "She prompted me to call my relatives"
  4. [v]  urge on or encourage esp. by shouts; "The crowd cheered the demonstrating strikers"
  5. [v]  supply the inspiration for; "The article about the artist inspired the exhibition of his recent work"
  6. [v]  heighten or intensify; "These paintings exalt the imagination"
 

INSPIRE is a 7 letter word that starts with I.

 

 Synonyms: animate, barrack, breathe in, cheer, enliven, exalt, exhort, inhale, instigate, invigorate, pep up, prompt, revolutionise, revolutionize, urge, urge on
 
 Antonyms: breathe out, exhale, expire
 
 See Also: aspirate, breathe, cause, cheerlead, drag, draw, encourage, encourage, excite, get, have, huff, indoctrinate, induce, make, occasion, puff, respire, shake, shake up, sniff, sniffle, snivel, snort, snuff, snuffle, stimulate, stimulate, stir, suspire, take a breath

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \In*spire"\, v. t. [OE. enspiren, OF. enspirer,
    inspirer, F. inspirer, fr. L. inspirare; pref. in- in +
    spirare to breathe. See {Spirit}.]
    1. To breathe into; to fill with the breath; to animate.
    
             When Zephirus eek, with his sweete breath,
             Inspir[`e]d hath in every holt and health The tender
             crops.                                --Chaucer.
    
             Descend, ye Nine, descend and sing, The breathing
             instruments inspire.                  --Pope.
    
    2. To infuse by breathing, or as if by breathing.
    
             He knew not his Maker, and him that inspired into
             him an active soul.                   --Wisdom xv.
                                                   11.
    
    3. To draw in by the operation of breathing; to inhale; --
       opposed to {expire}.
    
             Forced to inspire and expire the air with
             difficulty.                           --Harvey.
    
    
    
    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.
    
             And generous stout courage did inspire. --Spenser.
    
             But dawning day new comfort hath inspired. --Shak.
    
    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.
    
             Erato, thy poet's mind inspire, And fill his soul
             with thy celestial fire.              --Dryden.
    
    
  2. \In*spire"\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Inspired}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Inspiring}.]
    1. To draw in breath; to inhale air into the lungs; --
       opposed to {expire}.
    
    2. To breathe; to blow gently. [Obs.]
    
             And when the wind amongst them did inspire, They
             wav[`e]d like a penon wide dispread.  --Spenser.
    
    
 
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