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inspirationnoun

uk   /ˌɪn.spɪˈreɪ.ʃən/  us   /ˌɪn.spəˈreɪ.ʃən/
B2 [C or U] someone or something that gives you ​ideas for doing something: The ​goldenautumnlightprovided the inspiration for the ​painting. He went to ​church, ​perhapsseeking divine inspiration.
C2 [C] a ​sudden good ​idea: He had an inspiration - why not ​apply for some ​governmentmoney?
C2 [S] someone that ​peopleadmire and ​want to be like: She has been an inspiration to us all.

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(Definition of inspiration from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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inspirationnoun [C/U]

 us   /ˌɪn·spə·ˈreɪ·ʃən/
someone or something that gives you ​ideas for doing something: [C usually sing] She has been an inspiration to us all (= a good ​example for all).
An inspiration is also a ​sudden good ​idea: [+ to infinitive] She had the inspiration to ​turn the ​play into a ​musical.
(Definition of inspiration from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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