WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
in•spi•ra•tion /ˌɪnspəˈreɪʃən/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. anything that inspires:[countable]The painter's inspiration came from nature.
  2. something inspired:[countable]She got a sudden inspiration to reverse the wires, and it worked.
  3. Religion[Theol.]a divine influence felt directly by the soul:[uncountable]divine inspiration for writing the books of the Bible.
  4. Physiology[uncountable] the drawing of air into the lungs;
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WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
in•spi•ra•tion  (in′spə rāshən),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. an inspiring or animating action or influence:I cannot write poetry without inspiration.
  2. something inspired, as an idea.
  3. a result of inspired activity.
  4. a thing or person that inspires.
  5. [Theol.]
    • Religiona divine influence directly and immediately exerted upon the mind or soul.
    • Religionthe divine quality of the writings or words of a person so influenced.
  6. Physiologythe drawing of air into the lungs;
  7. the act of inspiring;
    quality or state of being inspired.
  • Late Latin inspīrātiōn- (stem of inspīrātiō). See inspire, -ation
  • Middle English inspiracio(u)n 1275–1325
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged stimulus, incitement.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

inspiration /ˌɪnspɪˈreɪʃən/ n
  1. stimulation or arousal of the mind, feelings, etc, to special or unusual activity or creativity
  2. the state or quality of being so stimulated or aroused
  3. someone or something that causes this state
  4. an idea or action resulting from such a state
  5. the act or process of inhaling; breathing in

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