V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. to cause a strong feeling or reaction, usually positive; 2. to provide inspiration by being encouraging or admired

Synonyms: encourage, motivate, induce, impel, affect, provoke, move, evoke, arouse, enlighten

Antonyms: expire, deflate, dampen (the spirit)

Tips: Inspire has its roots in the Latin word spirare, "to breathe." When you encourage or motivate some sort of action or provoke a feeling, you "breathe life into" something--you inspire. Inspired can also be used as an adjective. If something is described as inspired, it usually means that it is creative and has been created out of enlightened creativity.

Usage Examples:

Van Gogh's beautiful paintings inspired me to want to become a painter myself. (moved, induced)

Thank you for inspiring me to follow my dreams. (encouraging, inducing, motivating)

I found his work to be inspired and among the most creative of any that I had seen. (enlightened, creative) adjective

The professor inspires a great work ethic among his students. (motivates, affects, evokes)

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