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[ uh-spahyuhr ]

verb (used without object)

, as·pired, as·pir·ing.
  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.

    Synonyms: yearn

  2. Archaic. to rise up; soar; mount; tower.


/ əˈspaɪə /


  1. usually foll byto 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
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Derived Forms

  • asˈpiring, adjective
  • asˈpirer, noun
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Other Words From

  • as·pirer noun
  • as·piring·ly adverb
  • nonas·piring adjective
  • unas·piring adjective
  • unas·piring·ly adverb
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Word History and Origins

Origin of aspire1

First recorded in 1425–75; late Middle English, from Middle French aspirer, from Latin aspīrāre “to breathe upon, pant after,” from a- a- 5 + spīrāre “to breathe, blow”
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Word History and Origins

Origin of aspire1

C15: from Latin aspīrāre to breathe upon, from spīrāre to breathe
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Example Sentences

Until now, he didn’t have the awareness or the nerve to aspire to such potency.

A judge later ruled that Grindr could not be held responsible, citing Section 230 — a mistake, in Warner’s view, that his bill aspires to fix.

The fact that services like these — the new generation of robocalls, as it were — can sound “lifelike”, like actual humans, has been something that consumer versions have aspired to, although that hasn’t always worked out for the best.

By the end of 2025, GM aspires to have 40 percent of its US fleet composed of battery-electric cars, and have zero pollutants coming out of new light duty cars’ tailpipes by 2035.

Because of that burden, they usually don’t aspire to that level of detail unless their research question absolutely requires it.

As Americans, we should absolutely aspire to more than that.

Cheerleaders fall in love with freaks, jocks aspire to be indie musicians, and relationships are in a constant state of flux.

Most bands these days aspire to reproduce their recordings on stage as faithfully as possible.

My deepest desire is that my work will help people aspire to the life those kinds of images evoke.

Our research indicates they can end up having a similar effect to an 'in-group' in high school that others aspire to join.

I must aspire to the agitating transports of self-devotion, in scenes of sacrifice and peril!

To imitate finite excellence, is to aspire at excellence, even though but in part.

And why should good men claim for it the character of an ordinance of God, to which even of itself it does not aspire?

He made the profession of a teacher the most honorable calling to which a citizen could aspire.

At a time when money might aspire to everything, the millionaire's dreams had nothing very exorbitant.


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