Please help me find the correct verb to fill in the blank:

His actions don't ..... confidence.

I think it means that his actions do little or none to convince others.

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    If you want to talk about how he fails to inspire others you might say "Instill.". As in, his actions don't instill confidence in others. If instead you want to talk about his lack of confidence you could use "exude.". As in, his actions don't exude confidence.
    – Lumberjack
    Aug 21, 2018 at 3:25
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    Or you could just use inspire itself—if the subject of the confidence is himself. What is it that he is making others confident of? Aug 21, 2018 at 3:39
  • How many letters?
    – tchrist
    Aug 21, 2018 at 12:47

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The idiomatic expression is to inspire confidence.

inspire confidence (ldoceonline)

(=make people feel confident because they trust your ability)
- His driving hardly inspires confidence.
- The hospital’s record does not inspire confidence.


The other potential word is:

Invigorate (adjective) OED

Meaning: Give strength or energy to.

Usage: Trump press conference failed to invigorate confidence in achieving stronger growth in the USA1.

Your sentence,

His actions don't invigorate confidence.

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