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?

Primary Meanings of inspire

1.
v
serve as the inciting cause of
2.
v
draw in (air)
Full Definitions of inspire
1

v serve as the inciting cause of

Synonyms:
instigate, prompt
Type of:
cause, get, have, induce, make, stimulate
cause to do; cause to act in a specified manner

v supply the inspiration for

“The article about the artist inspired the exhibition of his recent work”
Type of:
occasion
give occasion to

v spur on or encourage especially by cheers and shouts

Synonyms:
barrack, cheer, exhort, pep up, root on, urge, urge on
Types:
cheerlead
act as a cheerleader in a sports event
Type of:
encourage
inspire with confidence; give hope or courage to

v heighten or intensify

Synonyms:
animate, enliven, exalt, invigorate
Types:
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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
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
Type of:
excite, shake, shake up, stimulate, stir
stir the feelings, emotions, or peace of

v fill with revolutionary ideas

Synonyms:
revolutionise, revolutionize
Type of:
indoctrinate
teach doctrines to; teach uncritically
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v draw in (air)

“The patient has trouble inspiring
“The lung cancer patient cannot inspire air very well”
Synonyms:
breathe in, inhale
Antonyms:
breathe out, exhale, expire
expel air
Types:
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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
Type of:
breathe, respire, suspire, take a breath
draw air into, and expel out of, the lungs

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