V n to-inf

II.6 The 'inspire' group

These verbs are concerned with motivating or inspiring someone to do something.
He says the banning of his one-act play decided him to write something about censorship.
Jeremy Bentham's utilitarian philosophy inspired his followers to promote the greatest happiness of the greatest number through more efficient government.
  • decide
  • incline
  • influence
  • inspire
  • lead
  • motivate
  • move
  • persuade
  • predispose
  • prompt
  • spur
  • stimulate (usu passive)
  • spur on
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