inspire

The Olympics often inspire people to take up a sport, but they can also inspire patriotism. Inspire means to excite, encourage, or breathe life into.

Inspire comes from the Latin word that means to inflame or to blow in to. When you inspire something, it is as if you are blowing air over a low flame to make it grow. A film can be inspired by a true story. Studying for your test will inspire confidence in you. Successful people often have a role model who inspired them to greatness. Who inspires you?

Definitions of inspire
  1. verb
    serve as the inciting cause of
    synonyms: instigate, prompt
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    cause, get, have, induce, make, stimulate
    cause to do; cause to act in a specified manner
  2. verb
    supply the inspiration for
    “The article about the artist inspired the exhibition of his recent work”
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    occasion
    give occasion to
  3. verb
    spur on or encourage especially by cheers and shouts
    synonyms: barrack, cheer, exhort, pep up, root on, urge, urge on
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    cheerlead
    act as a cheerleader in a sports event
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    encourage
    inspire with confidence; give hope or courage to
  4. verb
    heighten or intensify
    synonyms: animate, enliven, exalt, invigorate
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    encourage
    inspire with confidence; give hope or courage to
    barrack, cheer, exhort, pep up, root on, urge, urge on
    spur on or encourage especially by cheers and shouts
    foster, nurture
    help develop, help grow
    hollo
    encourage somebody by crying hollo
    buoy, cheer, embolden, hearten, recreate
    give encouragement to
    draw out
    make more sociable
    bring out
    encourage to be less reserved
    goad, spur
    give heart or courage to
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    excite, shake, shake up, stimulate, stir
    stir the feelings, emotions, or peace of
  5. verb
    fill with revolutionary ideas
    synonyms: revolutionise, revolutionize
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    indoctrinate
    teach doctrines to; teach uncritically
  6. verb
    draw in (air)
    “The patient has trouble inspiring
    “The lung cancer patient cannot inspire air very well”
    synonyms: breathe in, inhale
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    breathe out, exhale, expire
    expel air
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    aspirate
    suck in (air)
    sniff, sniffle
    inhale audibly through the nose
    snivel, snuffle
    snuff up mucus through the nose
    snuff
    inhale audibly through the nose
    drag, draw, puff
    suck in or take (air)
    huff, snort
    inhale recreational drugs
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    breathe, respire, suspire, take a breath
    draw air into, and expel out of, the lungs
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