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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
    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.


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