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Meaning of “inspire” in the English Dictionary

"inspire" in British English

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inspireverb [T]

uk   /ɪnˈspaɪər/  us   /-ˈspaɪr/
B2 to make someone ​feel that they ​want to do something and can do it: His ​confidentleadership inspired his ​followers. [+ to infinitive] After her ​trip to Venezuela, she ​felt inspired tolearnSpanish.B2 to make someone have a ​particularstrongfeeling or ​reaction: She inspires ​greatloyalty among her ​followers. The captain's ​heroiceffort inspired them withdetermination.B2 to give someone an ​idea for a ​book, ​film, ​product, etc.: a ​piece of ​music inspired by ​dolphinsounds The ​design of the ​car has inspired many ​imitations.

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

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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)
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