inspire

inspire (v.) mid-14c., enspiren, "to fill (the mind, heart, etc., with grace, etc.);" also "to prompt or induce (someone to do something)," from O.Fr. enspirer (13c.), from L. inspirare "inflame; blow into" (see INSPIRATION (Cf. inspiration)), a loan-translation of Gk. pnein in the Bible. General sense of "influence or animate with an idea or purpose" is from late 14c. Also sometimes used in literal sense in M.E. Related: Inspired; inspires; inspiring.

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  • inspiré — inspiré, ée (in spi ré, rée) part. passé d inspirer. 1°   Introduit par insufflation ou inspiration. L air inspiré et expiré. •   L eau inspirée par la bouche, et qui se répand dans les interstices des branchies, la rafraîchit [la frange formée… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

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  • Inspire — In*spire ([i^]n*sp[imac]r ), v. t. [OE. enspiren, OF. enspirer, inspirer, F. inspirer, fr. L. inspirare; pref. in in + spirare to breathe. See {Spirit}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To breathe into; to fill with the breath; to animate. [1913 Webster] When… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Inspire — ist die Bezeichnung für: Inspire (Magazin), ein englischsprachiges Onlinemagazin des Terrornetzwerks al Qaida INSPIRE ist die Bezeichnung für: Infrastructure for Spatial Information in the European Community, eine Geodateninitiative der… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • inspire — [in spīr′] vt. inspired, inspiring [ME inspiren < OFr inspirer < L inspirare < in , in, on + spirare, to breathe: see SPIRIT] 1. Obs. a) to breathe or blow upon or into b) to infuse (life, etc. into) by breathing 2. to draw (air) into …   English World dictionary

  • Inspire — In*spire , v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Inspired}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Inspiring}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To draw in breath; to inhale air into the lungs; opposed to {expire}. [1913 Webster] 2. To breathe; to blow gently. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] And when the wind …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • inspire — I verb actuate, animate, arouse, awaken, bring about, cause, convince, effect, effectuate, elicit, encourage, enkindle, enliven, evoke, excitare, exert influence, fill with enthusiasm, generate, give an impetus, imbue, impassion, impel, incendere …   Law dictionary

  • inspire — animate, *inform, fire Analogous words: enlighten, *illuminate: quicken, stimulate, excite, galvanize, *provoke: activate, energize, *vitalize: endue, endow (see DOWER) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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