Inspire vs Transform - What's the difference?

inspire | transform |

As verbs the difference between inspire and transform

is that inspire is while transform is to change greatly the appearance or form of.

As a noun transform is

(mathematics) the result of a transformation.




  • To infuse into the mind; to communicate to the spirit; to convey, as by a divine or supernatural influence; to disclose preternaturally; to produce in, as by inspiration.
  • * Bible, Wisdom xv. 11
  • He knew not his Maker, and him that inspired into him an active soul.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Dawning day new comfort hath inspired .
  • * {{quote-magazine, year=2012, month=March-April
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  • To infuse into; to affect, as with a superior or supernatural influence; to fill with what animates, enlivens or exalts; to communicate inspiration to.
  • Elders should inspire children with sentiments of virtue.
  • * Dryden
  • Erato, thy poet's mind inspire , / And fill his soul with thy celestial fire.
  • To draw in by the operation of breathing; to inhale.
  • * Harvey
  • forced to inspire and expire the air with difficulty
  • To infuse by breathing, or as if by breathing.
  • (archaic) To breathe into; to fill with the breath; to animate.
  • * Alexander Pope
  • Descend, ye Nine, descend and sing, / The breathing instruments inspire .
  • To spread rumour indirectly.
  • Synonyms

    * (l)


    * (inhale) expire

    Derived terms

    * inspirer


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    (en verb)
  • To change greatly the appearance or form of.
  • The alchemists sought to transform lead into gold.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Love may transform me to an oyster.
  • * {{quote-magazine, year=2012, month=March-April
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  • To change the nature, condition or function of; to change in nature, disposition, heart, character, etc.; to convert.
  • * Bible, Romans xii. 2
  • Be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind.
  • (mathematics) To subject to a transformation; to change into another form without altering the value.
  • (electricity) To subject to the action of a transformer.
  • (genetics) To subject (a cell) to transformation.
  • To undergo a transformation.
  • Synonyms

    * (change greatly the appearance or form of) alter, change, convert, make over, transmogrify * (sense) alter, change * (undergo a transformation) alter, change


    (en noun)
  • (mathematics) the result of a transformation
  • Derived terms

    * Fourier transform