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aspire

[uh-spahyuh r] /əˈspaɪər/
verb (used without object), aspired, aspiring.
1.
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.
2.
Archaic. to rise up; soar; mount; tower.
Origin of aspire
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English (< Middle French aspirer) < Latin aspīrāre to breathe upon, pant after, equivalent to a- a-5 + spīrāre to breathe, blow
Related forms
aspirer, noun
aspiringly, adverb
nonaspiring, adjective
unaspiring, adjective
unaspiringly, adverb
Synonyms
1. yearn.
Synonym Study
1. See ambitious
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  • For a moment at least he looked like the King which he aspired to be.

    Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
  • If he had been fit for the high destiny he aspired to—if he had been fit to be a judge, he would not have fallen.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • It savoured of servitude to his mind, and who was this same Pippo who aspired to be his master?

    Gerald Fitzgerald Charles James Lever
  • I have aspired to his method, but realize it is impossible for me.

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
  • I did not tell you that I aspired to the honour of marrying her.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
British Dictionary definitions for aspired

aspire

/əˈspaɪə/
verb (intransitive)
1.
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
2.
to rise to a great height
Derived Forms
aspirer, noun
aspiring, adjective
Word Origin
C15: from Latin aspīrāre to breathe upon, from spīrāre to breathe
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Word Origin and History for aspired

aspire

v.

"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.

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