1. encourage a person to do or feel something, a sudden idea
inspire someone to do something
To inspire someone can mean to fill them with the urge or idea to do something, especially something creative. "Monet was often inspired to paint by looking at his garden in different seasons." It can also mean to conjure positive feelings in someone - particularly confidence. "She inspired confidence in me to write my story down." "His manner inspired feelings of playfulness in those he worked with." You will often hear the word 'inspire' used in artistic contexts or to talk about how and where artists receive their initial ideas.