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English verb: inspire

1. inspire (emotion) heighten or intensify

SamplesThese paintings exalt the imagination.

ExamplesThe performance is likely to inspire Sue

Synonymsanimate, enliven, exalt, invigorate

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)excite, shake, shake up, stimulate, stir

Narrower (hyponym)encourage

2. inspire (creation) supply the inspiration for

SamplesThe article about the artist inspired the exhibition of his recent work.

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)occasion

3. inspire (communication) serve as the inciting cause of

SamplesShe prompted me to call my relatives.

ExamplesThey inspire him to write the letter

Synonymsinstigate, prompt

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE

Broader (hypernym)cause, get, have, induce, make, stimulate

4. inspire (communication) spur on or encourage especially by cheers and shouts

SamplesThe crowd cheered the demonstrating strikers.

ExamplesThey inspire him to write the letter

Synonymsbarrack, cheer, exhort, pep up, root on, urge, urge on

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)encourage

Narrower (hyponym)cheerlead

5. inspire (cognition) fill with revolutionary ideas

Synonymsrevolutionise, revolutionize

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)indoctrinate

6. inspire (body) draw in (air)

SamplesInhale deeply.
Inhale the fresh mountain air.
The patient has trouble inspiring.
The lung cancer patient cannot inspire air very well.

Synonymsbreathe in, inhale

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)breathe, respire, suspire, take a breath

Narrower (hyponym)aspirate, drag, draw, huff, puff, sniff, sniffle, snivel, snort, snuff, snuffle

Antonymsbreathe out, exhale, expire

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