1 animate, activate, actuate, stimulate, invigorate, stir, move, waken, awaken, arouse, rouse, instigate, prompt, rally, energize, enliven, vitalize, vivify, galvanize, inspirit, excite, spark (off), quicken, kindle, fire, provoke:
It was the inflammatory speeches that inspired the crowd to riot. His enthusiasm inspired her to take up writing as a profession.
2 encourage, strengthen, support, reinforce, buoy (up), uplift, boost, affirm, confirm, fortify, buttress:
Your example has inspired many young people.