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inspire (someone) with (something)
To motivate, energize, or excite someone by using something in particular (named after "with"). Oh, you'll definitely inspire the crowd with your speech about leaving your high-powered corporate job to go backpacking through Europe.
inspire (something) in (someone)
To cause one to feel a particular emotion or have a certain reaction. Jenna's job performance so far doesn't exactly inspire confidence in her. I always listen to upbeat music like this before games—it really inspires excitement in me.
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inspire someone with something
to use something to inspire someone; to stimulate or encourage someone with something. The president inspired us all with patriotic speeches. She inspired us all with her story of heroism.
inspire something in someone
to stimulate a particular quality in someone. You do not particularly inspire trust in me. She inspires fear in me.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.