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INSPIRE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does inspire mean? 

INSPIRE (verb)
  The verb INSPIRE has 6 senses:

1. heighten or intensify
2. supply the inspiration for
3. serve as the inciting cause of
4. urge on or encourage especially by shouts
5. fill with revolutionary ideas
6. draw in (air)

  Familiarity information: INSPIRE used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


INSPIRE (verb)


Sense 1inspire [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Heighten or intensify

Classified under:

Verbs of feeling

Synonyms:

inspire; enliven; animate; invigorate; exalt

Context example:

These paintings exalt the imagination

Hypernyms (to "inspire" is one way to...):

excite; shake; shake up; stimulate; stir (stir the feelings, emotions, or peace of)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "inspire"):

encourage (inspire with confidence; give hope or courage to)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody

Sentence example:

The performance is likely to inspire Sue


Sense 2inspire [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Supply the inspiration for

Classified under:

Verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing

Context example:

The article about the artist inspired the exhibition of his recent work

Hypernyms (to "inspire" is one way to...):

occasion (give occasion to)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something


Sense 3inspire [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Serve as the inciting cause of

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

instigate; prompt; inspire

Context example:

She prompted me to call my relatives

Hypernyms (to "inspire" is one way to...):

cause; get; have; induce; make; stimulate (cause to do; cause to act in a specified manner)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE

Sentence example:

They inspire him to write the letter


Sense 4inspire [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Urge on or encourage especially by shouts

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

urge on; pep up; exhort; barrack; urge; inspire; cheer

Context example:

The crowd cheered the demonstrating strikers

Hypernyms (to "inspire" is one way to...):

encourage (inspire with confidence; give hope or courage to)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "inspire"):

cheerlead (act as a cheerleader in a sports event)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody

Sentence example:

They inspire him to write the letter


Sense 5inspire [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Fill with revolutionary ideas

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

revolutionise; revolutionize; inspire

Hypernyms (to "inspire" is one way to...):

indoctrinate (teach doctrines to; teach uncritically)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody


Sense 6inspire [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Draw in (air)

Classified under:

Verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care

Synonyms:

breathe in; inhale; inspire

Context examples:

Inhale deeply / inhale the fresh mountain air / The patient has trouble inspiring / The lung cancer patient cannot inspire air very well

Hypernyms (to "inspire" is one way to...):

breathe; respire; suspire; take a breath (draw air into, and expel out of, the lungs)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "inspire"):

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)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s something


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