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inspiration

noun uk   /ˌɪn.spɪˈreɪ.ʃən/ us  
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.Inspiration and inspiring C2 [C] a sudden good idea: He had an inspiration - why not apply for some government money?Ideas, concepts and theories C2 [S] someone that people admire and want to be like: She has been an inspiration to us all.Affecting and influencing
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