[ uh-spahyuhr ]
/ əˈspaɪər /
verb (used without object), as·pired, as·pir·ing.
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.
Archaic. to rise up; soar; mount; tower.
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Origin of aspire
1425–75; late Middle English (< Middle French aspirer) < Latin aspīrāre to breathe upon, pant after, equivalent to a- a-5 + spīrāre to breathe, blow
SYNONYMS FOR aspire
synonym study for aspire
1. See ambitious
OTHER WORDS FROM aspire
as·pir·er, nounas·pir·ing·ly, adverbnon·as·pir·ing, adjectiveun·as·pir·ing, adjective
Words nearby aspire
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Example sentences from the Web for aspirers
Lovers of creature-comfort, and aspirers after respectability.The Revelation Explained|F. Smith
British Dictionary definitions for aspirers
/ (əˈspaɪə) /
(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
to rise to a great height
Derived forms of aspireaspirer, nounaspiring, adjective
Word Origin for aspire
C15: from Latin aspīrāre to breathe upon, from spīrāre to breathe
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