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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 in·spire /ɪnˈspaɪr/

From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Medical Dictionary 英漢醫學字典

 in·spire /ɪnˈspaɪ(ə)r/ 動詞

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 In·spire v. t.
 1. To breathe into; to fill with the breath; to animate.
 When Zephirus eek, with his sweete breath,
 Inspirèd hath in every holt and heath
 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.
 4. To infuse into the mind; to communicate to the spirit; to convey, as by a divine or supernatural influence; to disclose preternaturally; to produce in, as by inspiration.
    And generous stout courage did inspire.   --Spenser.
    But dawning day new comfort hath inspired.   --Shak.
 5. To infuse into; to affect, as with a superior or supernatural influence; to fill with what animates, enlivens, or exalts; to communicate inspiration to; as, to inspire a child with sentiments of virtue; to inspire a person to do extraordinary feats.
 Erato, thy poet's mind inspire,
 And fill his soul with thy celestial fire.   --Dryden.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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 wavèd like a penon wide dispread.   --Spenser.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      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 especially by shouts; "The crowd
         cheered the demonstrating strikers" [syn: cheer, urge,
          barrack, urge on, exhort, pep up]
      5: fill with revolutionary ideas [syn: revolutionize, revolutionise]
      6: draw in (air); "Inhale deeply"; "inhale the fresh mountain
         air"; "The patient has trouble inspiring"; "The lung
         cancer patient cannot inspire air very well" [syn: inhale,
          breathe in] [ant: exhale]