1. To breathe into; to fill with the breath; to animate. When Zephirus eek, with his sweete breath, Inspired hath in every holt and health The tender crops. (Chaucer) Descend, ye nine, descend and sing, The breathing instruments inspire. (Pope)
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. Erato, thy poet's mind inspire, And fill his soul with thy celestial fire. (Dryden)
them did inspire, They waved like a penon wide dispread. (Spenser)
Origin: Inspired; Inspiring.