Meaning of “inspire” in the English Dictionary

"inspire" in British English

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inspireverb [ T ]

uk /ɪnˈspaɪər/ us /ɪnˈspaɪr/

B2 to make someone feel that they want to do something and can do it:

His confident leadership inspired his followers.
[ + to infinitive ] After her trip to Venezuela, she felt inspired to learn Spanish.

B2 to make someone have a particular strong feeling or reaction:

She inspires great loyalty among her followers.
The captain's heroic effort inspired them with determination.

B2 to give someone an idea for a book, film, product, etc.:

a piece of music inspired by dolphin sounds
The design of the car has inspired many imitations.

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noun [ C ] /ɪnˈspaɪə.rər/ /ɪnˈspaɪr.ɚ/

a great leader and inspirer of people

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

"inspire" in American English

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inspireverb [ T ]

us /ɪnˈspɑɪər/

to fill someone with confidence and desire to do something:

She inspired her students to do the best they could.

If something or someone inspires something else, it causes or leads to it:

A successful TV program inspires many imitations.

(Definition of “inspire” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)