verb (used without object), as·pired, as·pir·ing.
Origin of aspire
Synonyms for aspire
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Contemporary Examples of 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
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
These policies produced “growth on a scale to which we can aspire today.”Does Calvin Coolidge Deserve a Reassessment?
February 15, 2013
Historical Examples of aspire
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)
A young man of your class may aspire to the highest honours.The Village Notary
To imitate finite excellence, is to aspire at excellence, even though but in part.The Ordinance of Covenanting
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.