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noun inspiration pronunciation in American English /ˌɪnspɪˈreɪʃ(ə)n/
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  1. [countable/uncountable] a sudden feeling of enthusiasm, or a new idea that helps you to do or create something
    literary/dramatic/religious inspiration
    source of inspiration: Dreams are a rich source of inspiration for some writers.
    draw/find inspiration from: a choreographer who has drawn inspiration from Javanese dance
    flash of inspiration (=one that comes very suddenly): After years of tedious work, a flash of inspiration provided a breakthrough.
    1. a.
      [singular] someone or something that gives you new ideas and the enthusiasm to create something with them
      inspiration for: The work of designer Sonia Rykiel was the original inspiration for the movie.
      inspiration behind: The artist’s personal life has been the inspiration behind several books.



a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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