Empower vs. Inspire

Empower vs. Inspire — Is There a Difference?

Difference Between Empower and Inspire

Empowerverb

To invest with power, especially legal power or official authority.

Inspireverb

To affect, guide, or arouse by divine influence.

Empowerverb

To equip or supply with an ability; enable

"Computers ... empower students to become intellectual explorers" (Edward B. Fiske).

Inspireverb

To fill with enlivening or exalting emotion

hymns that inspire the congregation.an artist who was inspired by Impressionism.

Empowerverb

(transitive) To give permission, power, or the legal right to do something.

Inspireverb

To stimulate to action; motivate

a sales force that was inspired by the prospect of a bonus.

Empowerverb

(transitive) To give someone more confidence and/or strength to do something, often by enabling them to increase their control over their own life or situation.

John found that starting up his own business empowered him greatly in social situations.

Inspireverb

To cause (someone) to have a particular feeling; affect or touch

"At this moment he inspired her with disgust rather than with love" (Anthony Trollope).

Empowerverb

give or delegate power or authority to;

She authorized her assistant to sign the papers

Inspireverb

To cause someone to have (a feeling or reaction); elicit or arouse

a teacher who inspired admiration and respect.

Empowerverb

give qualities or abilities to

Inspireverb

To be the cause or source of; bring about

an invention that inspired many imitations.

Inspireverb

To draw in (air) by inhaling.

Inspireverb

To breathe on.

Inspireverb

To breathe life into.

Inspireverb

To stimulate energies, ideals, or reverence

a leader who inspires by example.

Inspireverb

To inhale.

Inspireverb

(transitive) 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.

Inspireverb

(transitive) 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.

Inspireverb

(intransitive) To draw in by the operation of breathing; to inhale.

Inspireverb

To infuse by breathing, or as if by breathing.

Inspireverb

To breathe into; to fill with the breath; to animate.

Inspireverb

(transitive) To spread rumour indirectly.

Inspireverb

heighten or intensify;

These paintings exalt the imagination

Inspireverb

supply the inspiration for;

The article about the artist inspired the exhibition of his recent work

Inspireverb

serve as the inciting cause of;

She prompted me to call my relatives

Inspireverb

urge on or encourage especially by shouts;

The crowd cheered the demonstrating strikers

Inspireverb

fill with revolutionary ideas

Inspireverb

draw in (air);

Inhale deeplyinhale the fresh mountain airThe patient has trouble inspiringThe lung cancer patient cannot inspire air very well