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I've seen inspire mean two things,

  1. To be inspired to go out and make a difference
  2. To be inspired, and feel good about something.

Is there a better word to refer to the first definition? I want to say I was inspired to act.

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Maybe the word motivated, as in I was motivated by that speech to act in a particular fashion.

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I would highly suggest galvanize.

v. to inspire or stimulate someone to act. -


Although he was now middle-aged, Amundsen, like many others, was galvanized to take a stand in response to actions he considered dishonourable. - The Last Viking: The Life of Roald Amundsen

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What a great answer. I've edited to 1) fit our answering 'recommendations'. If you don't approve of the edit, please feel free to roll back. :) –  medica Sep 15 at 23:57
Galvanized is not correct because it is usually used for groups of people. –  michael_timofeev Sep 16 at 1:21
@michael_timofeev, it is often used for groups, but not anywhere near always. You can use it for individuals, as in the cited example, with no confusion. –  Hellion Oct 1 at 13:26

You were motivated.

Google dictionary, sense 2:

motivated (past participle, past tense of mo·ti·vate) Verb:
1. Provide (someone) with a motive for doing something.
2. Stimulate (someone's) interest in or enthusiasm for doing something.

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I would also suggest stirred, as in I was stirred to action.

Merriam-Webster defines To stir as: to rouse to activity : evoke strong feelings in

According to Oxford Dictionaries it can mean: (1) arouse strong feeling in (someone); move or excite; and (2) arouse or prompt (a feeling or memory) or inspire (the imagination).

Note that it is still necessary to explicitly say what you were stirred into doing something. I don't know of any one word that conveys both the inspiration as well as the consequent action.

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