- to long, aim, or seek ambitiously; be eagerly desirous, especially for something great or of high value (usually followed by to, after, or an infinitive): to aspire after literary immortality; to aspire to be a doctor.
- Archaic. to rise up; soar; mount; tower.
Origin of aspire
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Examples from the Web for aspire
Most bands these days aspire to reproduce their recordings on stage as faithfully as possible.Is Jack White the Last True Rock Star?
June 13, 2014
If we aspire to that personally and legislate for it publicly, the ugliness will dissipate.In Gay Rights Fights, Bullies Love to Play the Victim
April 4, 2014
It is not a pretty city, in the conventional western understanding of a pretty city, and it does not want or aspire to be.Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Literary Lagos
March 16, 2014
Now Aspire wants an alternative, and is bringing five black women together for a good gab.Magic Johnson’s Network Set to Launch Talk Show
May 11, 2013
Saying “no” is a crucial prophylactic for cities that aspire to keep their politics clean.Two Huge Choices for Toronto's Future
April 20, 2013
She could not aspire to be one of them, but she could be loyal, she could "stick up" for them.Pee-wee Harris
Percy Keese Fitzhugh
Man cannot aspire if he look down; if he will rise, he must look up.Self-Help
Why should you aspire to pluck the flower which has grown up amongst us?Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
We aspire to the top to look for Rest; it lies at the bottom.Pax Vobiscum
Pride and ambition had led him to aspire to the crown which was settled on Shaddai's Son.Bunyan
James Anthony Froude
- (usually foll by to or after) to yearn (for) or have a powerful or ambitious plan, desire, or hope (to do or be something)to aspire to be a great leader
- to rise to a great height
Word Origin and History for aspire
"to strive for," c.1400, from Old French aspirer "aspire to; inspire; breathe, breathe on" (12c.), from Latin aspirare "to breathe upon, to breathe," also, in transferred senses, "to be favorable to, assist; to climb up to, to endeavor to obtain, to reach to, to seek to reach; infuse," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + spirare "to breathe" (see spirit (n.)). The notion is of "panting with desire," or perhaps of rising smoke. Related: Aspired; aspiring.