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verb [transitive] inspire pronunciation in American English /ɪnˈspaɪr/
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present tense
present participleinspiring
past tenseinspired
past participleinspired
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  1. 1
    to give someone the enthusiasm to do or create something
    Inspired by her example, other zoologists have begun working with apes in the wild.
    inspire someone to something: Stewart did his best to inspire his team to greater efforts.
    inspire someone to do something: We use interactive displays to inspire children to read and write for pleasure.
    1. a.
      to give someone the idea for a piece of work
      The sea inspired many of the artist’s later paintings.
  2. 2
    to give people a particular feeling
    a car that inspires envy among other drivers
    inspire something in someone: His athleticism inspires awe in everyone who sees him in action.
    inspire confidence: Her resignation will do little to inspire confidence in a company that is already struggling.


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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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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