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definition of the word inspire

by the Wiktionnary

from Old French enspirer, from Latin inspirare, itself a loan-translation of the Greek (pnein) in the Bible, constructed with in- + spirare 'to breathe'

to inspire

Third person singular

Simple past

Past participle

Present participle

to inspire (third-person singular simple present inspires, present participle inspiring, simple past and past participle inspired)

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. To draw in by the operation of breathing; to inhale.
  4. To infuse by breathing, or as if by breathing.
  5. (archaic) To breathe into; to fill with the breath; to animate.
  6. (transitive) To spread rumour indirectly

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