in·spire /ɪnˈspaɪ(ə)r/ 動詞
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.
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.
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]