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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Inspire  \In*spire"\,  v.  i.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Inspired};  p.  pr  & 
  vb  n.  {Inspiring}.] 
  1.  To  draw  in  breath;  to  inhale  air  into  the  lungs;  -- 
  opposed  to  {expire}. 
 
  2.  To  breathe;  to  blow  gently.  [Obs.] 
 
  And  when  the  wind  amongst  them  did  inspire,  They 
  wav[`e]d  like  a  penon  wide  dispread.  --Spenser. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Inspire  \In*spire"\,  v.  t.  [OE.  enspiren  OF  enspirer, 
  inspirer,  F.  inspirer,  fr  L.  inspirare  pref.  in-  in  + 
  spirare  to  breathe.  See  {Spirit}.] 
  1.  To  breathe  into  to  fill  with  the  breath;  to  animate. 
 
  When  Zephirus  eek,  with  his  sweete  breath, 
  Inspir[`e]d  hath  in  every  holt  and  health  The  tender 
  crops.  --Chaucer. 
 
  Descend,  ye  Nine  descend  and  sing,  The  breathing 
  instruments  inspire.  --Pope. 
 
  2.  To  infuse  by  breathing,  or  as  if  by  breathing. 
 
  He  knew  not  his  Maker,  and  him  that  inspired  into 
  him  an  active  soul.  --Wisdom  xv 
  11. 
 
  3.  To  draw  in  by  the  operation  of  breathing;  to  inhale;  -- 
  opposed  to  {expire}. 
 
  Forced  to  inspire  and  expire  the  air  with 
  difficulty.  --Harvey. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  inspire 
  v  1:  heighten  or  intensify;  "These  paintings  exalt  the 
  imagination"  [syn:  {animate},  {invigorate},  {enliven},  {exalt}] 
  2:  supply  the  inspiration  for  "The  article  about  the  artist 
  inspired  the  exhibition  of  his  recent  work" 
  3:  serve  as  the  inciting  cause  of  "She  prompted  me  to  call  my 
  relatives"  [syn:  {prompt},  {instigate}] 
  4:  urge  on  or  encourage  esp.  by  shouts;  "The  crowd  cheered  the 
  demonstrating  strikers"  [syn:  {cheer},  {urge},  {barrack}, 
  {urge  on},  {exhort},  {pep  up}] 
  5:  fill  with  revolutionary  ideas  [syn:  {revolutionize},  {infect}] 




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