ADJ. great, sheer | direct His wife was the direct inspiration for the main character in the book. | sudden | fresh | artistic, creative, poetic | divine
QUANT. flash, moment In a flash of sheer inspiration, I decided to paint the whole house white.
VERB + INSPIRATION derive, draw, find, gain, get, owe, take The movement draws much of its inspiration from the Greek philosophers. Many of us found inspiration in her teaching. Where did you get the inspiration for the book? Her latest book owes its inspiration to childhood memories. | give sb, provide (sb with) | look for, seek He peered into his glass, as if seeking inspiration there. | be lacking (in), lack
INSPIRATION + VERB come (from sth) One day the inspiration just came. Her inspiration comes from Asia.
PREP. ~ behind He was the inspiration behind last week's victory. | ~ for The sea has provided an inspiration for many of his paintings. | to She's been a great inspiration to me.
PHRASES a source of inspiration