verb (used without object), as·pired, as·pir·ing.
- aspiration biopsy,
- aspiration pneumonia,
Origin of aspire
Examples from the Web for aspire
Most bands these days aspire to reproduce their recordings on stage as faithfully as possible.
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|Tim Teeman|April 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It is not a pretty city, in the conventional western understanding of a pretty city, and it does not want or aspire to be.
Saying “no” is a crucial prophylactic for cities that aspire to keep their politics clean.
These policies produced “growth on a scale to which we can aspire today.”
They had no assertiveness, so could not aspire to a managerial position, such as might eventually fall to the share of Nelly.A Bed of Roses|W. L. George
The rest of the cunies, being considered my slaves, could not aspire to office of any sort under the crown.The Jacket (The Star-Rover)|Jack London
A young man of your class may aspire to the highest honours.The Village Notary|Jzsef Etvs
To imitate finite excellence, is to aspire at excellence, even though but in part.The Ordinance of Covenanting|John Cunningham
Gayety, wit, and ingenuity are their ruling character: they aspire not to the sublime; still less to the pathetic.
Word Origin 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.