Meaning of “inspiration” in the English Dictionary

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"inspiration" in British English

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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 golden autumn light provided the inspiration for the painting.
He went to church, perhaps seeking divine inspiration.

C2 [ C ] a sudden good idea:

He had an inspiration - why not apply for some government money?

C2 [ S ] someone that people admire 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)

"inspiration" in American English

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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)