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Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
inspire (verb)
transitive verb
1.
a) to influence, move, or guide by divine or supernatural - inspiration
b) to exert an animating, enlivening, or exalting influence on - was particularly inspired by the Romanticists
c) to spur on - impel motivate threats don't necessarily inspire people to work
d) - affect seeing the old room again inspired him with nostalgia
2.
a) archaic to breathe or blow into or upon
b) archaic to infuse (as life) by breathing
3.
a) to communicate to an agent supernaturally
b) to draw forth or bring out - thoughts inspired by a visit to the cathedral
4.
- inhale
5.
a) - bring about occasion the book was inspired by his travels in the Far East
b) - incite
6.
intransitive verb
to spread (rumor) by indirect means or through the agency of another - inhale
Merriam-Webster Online Thesaurus
inspire (verb)
1.
to fill with courage or strength of purpose
SYNONIMS:
bear up, buck up, buoy (up), cheer (up), chirk (up), embolden, hearten, inspire, inspirit, steel
RELATED WORDS:
animate, enliven, invigorate; enforce, fortify, reinforce ( reenforce), strengthen; assure, reassure; boost, energize, excite, galvanize, provoke, quicken, rally, stimulate, stir
NEAR ANTONYMS:
demoralize, depress, sadden; debilitate, enfeeble, hamstring, undermine, weaken; intimidate, psych (out)
daunt, discourage, dishearten, dispirit
inspire (verb)
2.
to draw out (something hidden, latent, or reserved)
SYNONIMS:
elicit, evoke, inspire, raise
RELATED WORDS:
drag, dredge (up), extort, extract, pull, wangle, wrest, wring; coax (out), gain, get, obtain, procure, secure; bare, disclose, discover, divulge, evince, expose, reveal, uncloak, uncover, unmask, unveil
NEAR ANTONYMS:
disregard, forget, ignore, miss, neglect, overlook, overpass, pass over
inspire (verb)
3.
to provide (someone) with moral or spiritual understanding
SYNONIMS:
edify, educate, illume, illuminate, illumine, inspire, nurture
RELATED WORDS:
elevate, ennoble, enrich, ensoul, lift, uplift; better, improve, regenerate, renew, transform; exalt, glorify, transfigure
NEAR ANTONYMS:
confuse, perplex, puzzle; becloud, cloud, darken, obscure
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