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 for inspire
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Inspire \In*spire"\ ([i^]n*sp[imac]r"), v. t. [OE. enspiren, OF.
     enspirer, inspirer, F. inspirer, fr. L. inspirare; pref. in-
     in + spirare to breathe. See Spirit.]
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     1. To breathe into; to fill with the breath; to animate.
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              When Zephirus eek, with his sweete breath,
              Inspir[`e]d hath in every holt and heath
              The tender crops.                     --Chaucer.
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              Descend, ye Nine, descend and sing,
              The breathing instruments inspire.    --Pope.
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     2. To infuse by breathing, or as if by breathing.
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              He knew not his Maker, and him that inspired into
              him an active soul.                   --Wisdom xv.
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     3. To draw in by the operation of breathing; to inhale; --
        opposed to expire.
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              Forced to inspire and expire the air with
              difficulty.                           --Harvey.
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     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
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              And generous stout courage did inspire. --Spenser.
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              But dawning day new comfort hath inspired. --Shak.
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     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.
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              Erato, thy poet's mind inspire,
              And fill his soul with thy celestial fire. --Dryden.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Inspire \In*spire"\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Inspired; p. pr. &
     vb. n. Inspiring.]
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     1. To draw in breath; to inhale air into the lungs; --
        opposed to expire.
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     2. To breathe; to blow gently. [Obs.]
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              And when the wind amongst them did inspire,
              They wav[`e]d like a penon wide dispread. --Spenser.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      v 1: heighten or intensify; "These paintings exalt the
           imagination" [syn: inspire, 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, inspire, instigate]
      4: spur on or encourage especially by cheers and shouts; "The
         crowd cheered the demonstrating strikers" [syn: cheer,
         root on, inspire, urge, barrack, urge on, exhort,
         pep up]
      5: fill with revolutionary ideas [syn: revolutionize,
         revolutionise, inspire]
      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,
         inspire, breathe in] [ant: breathe out, exhale,

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  142 Moby Thesaurus words for "inspire":
     activate, actuate, affect, affirm, afford hope, animate, arouse,
     aspirate, assure, augur well, awaken, bid fair, blow, bolster,
     boost, brace up, breathe, breathe hard, breathe in, breathe out,
     brighten, bring, bring about, bring on, buck up, buoy up, buttress,
     call forth, call up, carry, cause, cheer, confirm, contrive, cough,
     draw down, draw in, draw on, effect, elicit, embolden, embue,
     encourage, endow, endue, energize, enliven, evoke, exalt, excite,
     exhale, exhaust, exhilarate, expel, expire, fire, fortify,
     galvanize, gasp, get, give a lift, give hope, gladden, gulp, hack,
     have good prospects, hearten, hiccup, hold out hope,
     hold out promise, huff, imbue, impress, induce, infect, influence,
     inform, infuse, inhale, inject, inoculate, inspire hope, inspirit,
     instigate, invigorate, justify hope, kindle, lead, liven,
     make fair promise, motivate, move, muster up, nerve, obtain, pant,
     pick up, procure, promise, prompt, provoke, puff, quicken,
     raise expectations, raise hope, rally, reassure, reinforce,
     rejoice, rejoice the heart, respire, rouse, set up, sigh, slurp,
     sneeze, sniff, sniffle, snore, snort, snuff, snuff in, snuffle,
     spirit, spirit up, stimulate, stir, strengthen, strike, suck,
     suck in, suckle, summon up, superinduce, support, sway, touch,
     uplift, vitalize, vivify, waken, wheeze

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