Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To instill courage or life into. See Synonyms at encourage.

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  • v. To strengthen or hearten; give impetus or vigour

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To infuse new life or spirit into; to animate; to encourage; to invigorate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To infuse or excite spirit within; enliven; animate; give new life to; encourage; invigorate.
  • Synonyms To inspire, rouse, cheer, stimulate, fire.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. infuse with spirit

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Examples

  • Remember good Sir, that few men ever keep their feelings to themselves, & that it is necessary for example sake that all leaders should feel & think bold in order to inspirit those that look up to them.

    Robert Morris

  • I really went through a lot of deliberation on naming the company something I felt was what the company did or what I did to the company, and “inspirit,” the verb, means to infuse, to encourage, to invigorate.

    Buzzine » Christal Brown Interview

  • Kudos to SAG President Alan Rosenberg and its new Executive Director Doug Allen for their attempts to inspirit the spread out sometimes fractured Membership with a bold plan to stand up to the studios and networks.

    Michael Russnow: TV Shows and Films May or May Not Be in Jeopardy: Nonetheless, Studios Won't Have it So Easy Screwing the Talent

  • Kudos to SAG President Alan Rosenberg and its new Executive Director Doug Allen for their attempts to inspirit the spread out sometimes fractured Membership with a bold plan to stand up to the studios ...

    Michael Russnow: TV Shows and Films May or May Not Be in Jeopardy: Nonetheless, Studios Won't Have it So Easy Screwing the Talent

  • I predict she will be the most powerfully activist First Lady since Eleanor Roosevelt with her chosen causes, but with the inspirit-ability of another stylish mother of young children: Jackie Kennedy.

    Bonnie Fuller: Why Michelle's Red Dress Just Shook The World

  • Phormio too, fearing that his sailors might be frightened, and observing that they were gathering in knots and were evidently apprehensive of the enemy's numbers, resolved to call them together and inspirit them by a suitable admonition.

    The History of the Peloponnesian War

  • But if I should come home to you ruined and undone, and may not be able to look you in the face; yet pity and inspirit the poor Pamela, to make her little remnant of life easy; for long I shall not survive my disgrace: and you may be assured it shall not be my fault, if it be my misfortune.

    Pamela

  • And, here, is the admiration, that one sees all these duties performed in such an easy and pleasant manner, as any body may perform them; for they interfere not with any parts of the family management; but rather aid and inspirit every one in the discharge of all their domestic services; and, moreover, keep their minds in

    Pamela

  • According to the online edition of a financial newspaper in the U.K., Indian billionaire and chairman of Mittal Steel Lakshmi Mittal is chewing over relinquishing his controlling stake in a move that could inspirit Arcelor's shareholders to accept the steel raja's hostile takeover bid.

    Mittal Steel: Billionaire Won't Reduce Holding

  • Nor did Esther Davis a little comfort and inspirit me to venture with her, by piquing my childish curiosity with the fine sights that were to be seen in London: the Tombs, the Lions, the King, the

    Fanny Hill: Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure

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  • "[...] for Jesus said: Blessed are the poor inspirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. ..." -- Matthew 5:3-10

    It doesn't look like a verb here but even OED only lists "inspirit, v."

    January 2, 2009