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INSPI'RE, v.i. [L. inspiro; in and spiro, to breathe.]

To draw in breath; to inhale air into the lungs; opposed to expire.

INSPI'RE, v.t. To breathe into.

Ye nine, descend and sing,

The breathing instruments inspire.

1. To infuse by breathing.

He knew not his Maker, and him that inspired into him an active soul.

2. To infuse into the mind; as, to inspire with new life.

3. To infuse or suggest ideas or monitions supernaturally; to communicate divine instructions to the mind. In this manner, we suppose the prophets to have been inspired, and the Scriptures to have been composed under divine influence or direction.

4. To infuse ideas or poetic spirit.

5. To draw into the lungs; as, to inspire and expire the air with difficulty.



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INSPI'RE, v.i. [L. inspiro; in and spiro, to breathe.]

To draw in breath; to inhale air into the lungs; opposed to expire.

INSPI'RE, v.t. To breathe into.

Ye nine, descend and sing,

The breathing instruments inspire.

1. To infuse by breathing.

He knew not his Maker, and him that inspired into him an active soul.

2. To infuse into the mind; as, to inspire with new life.

3. To infuse or suggest ideas or monitions supernaturally; to communicate divine instructions to the mind. In this manner, we suppose the prophets to have been inspired, and the Scriptures to have been composed under divine influence or direction.

4. To infuse ideas or poetic spirit.

5. To draw into the lungs; as, to inspire and expire the air with difficulty.

IN-SPIRE', v.i. [L. inspiro; in and spiro, to breathe; Fr. inspirer.]

To draw in breath; to inhale air into the lungs; opposed to expire.


IN-SPIRE', v.t.

  1. To breathe into. Ye nine descend and sing, / The breathing instruments inspire. Pope.
  2. To infuse by breathing. He knew not his Maker, and him that inspired into him an active soul. Wisdom.
  3. To infuse into the mind; as, to inspire with new life.
  4. To infuse or suggest ideas or monitions supernaturally; to communicate divine instructions to the mind. In this manner, we suppose the prophets to have been inspired, and the Scriptures to have been composed under divine influence or direction.
  5. To infuse ideas or poetic spirit.
  6. To draw into the lungs; as, to inspire and expire the air with difficulty. Harvey.

In*spire"
  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 draw in breath] to inhale air into the lungs; -- opposed to expire.
  3. 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.

  4. To breathe; to blow gently.

    [Obs.]

    And when the wind amongst them did inspire,
    They wavèd like a penon wide dispread.
    Spenser.

  5. To draw in by the operation of breathing; to inhale; -- opposed to expire.

    Forced to inspire and expire the air with difficulty. Harvey.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

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Inspire

INSPI'RE, verb intransitive [Latin inspiro; in and spiro, to breathe.]

To draw in breath; to inhale air into the lungs; opposed to expire.

INSPI'RE, verb transitive To breathe into.

Ye nine, descend and sing,

The breathing instruments inspire

1. To infuse by breathing.

He knew not his Maker, and him that inspired into him an active soul.

2. To infuse into the mind; as, to inspire with new life.

3. To infuse or suggest ideas or monitions supernaturally; to communicate divine instructions to the mind. In this manner, we suppose the prophets to have been inspired, and the Scriptures to have been composed under divine influence or direction.

4. To infuse ideas or poetic spirit.

5. To draw into the lungs; as, to inspire and expire the air with difficulty.

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