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in·spire / inˈspīr/ • v. [tr.] 1. fill (someone) with the urge or ability to do or feel something, esp. to do something creative: [tr.] his passion for romantic literature inspired him to begin writing | [as adj.] (inspiring) so far, the scenery is not very inspiring. ∎  create (a feeling, esp. a positive one) in a person: their past record does not inspire confidence. ∎  (inspire someone with) animate someone with (such a feeling): he inspired his students with a vision of freedom. ∎  give rise to: the movie was successful enough to inspire a sequel.2. breathe in (air); inhale.DERIVATIVES: in·spir·er·spir·ing·ly adv.