verb (used without object), as·pired, as·pir·ing.
- aspiration biopsy,
- aspiration pneumonia,
Origin of aspire
Examples from the Web for aspired
Craig-Lewis was an 11-year veteran of the Philadelphia Fire Department, a position she had aspired to since grade school.
He had aspired to construct an epic figure after visiting the pyramids and sphinxes of Egypt in 1855.128 Years Old and Still a Looker: Happy Birthday to Lady Liberty|Elizabeth Mitchell|October 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Raised from nothing, Harding aspired to greatness: she wanted to be the best female figure skater in the world.ESPN’s ‘The Price of Gold’ Revisits the Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan Scandal|Amy Zimmerman|January 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She was active in the school newspaper and aspired to be a lawyer.West Virginia Heathers: Was Skylar Neese Murdered by Her Best Friends?|Caroline Linton|December 19, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The accused ‘Soccer-Mom Madam’ has said all along she aspired to run a dating service.Anna Gristina, the Accused Mommy Madam, and Her Matchmaking Defense|Tracy Quan|June 25, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Frode, when he had taken this town, aspired to the Empire of the East, and attacked the city of Handwan.The Danish History, Books I-IX|Saxo Grammaticus ("Saxo the Learned")
He aspired to command, and knew it was only to be attained by desperate exploits.The Adventures of Captain Bonneville|Washington Irving
Dexter Freer was a tall lean man, with an interested eye and a nose that rather drooped than aspired, yet was salient withal.Lady Barbarina|Henry James
At this time, Wilkes, not satisfied with the alderman's gown, aspired to be sheriff.The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.III.|E. Farr and E. H. Nolan
He aspired to the perfect unities, and was impatient of structural foundations.
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.