verb (used without object), as·pired, as·pir·ing.
Origin of aspire
Examples from the Web for aspiring
That Huckabee is mentioned in the same sentence with other aspiring conservative governors, especially Bobby Jindal, is laughable.
Great for the aspiring Quentin Tarantino, or for the aspiring next Feiffer.
This is not lost on their commander, Rama (Shani Klein), an aspiring military careerist who looks down on frivolity in wartime.
The year was 1986, and Chelan was a 17-year-old high school student and “aspiring model.”Two New Bill Cosby Accusers Come Forward: ‘We Challenge Mr. Cosby to End This Nightmare’|Marlow Stern|December 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A few weeks later, Valentino and her pal, an aspiring actress named Meg Foster, met Cosby again at Café Figaro.Bill Cosby’s Long List of Accusers (So Far): 18 Alleged Sexual Assault Victims Between 1965-2004|Marlow Stern|November 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Aspiring youngsters who wanted to make sure of good marks were apt to look upon the same pews with special favour.The Soul of a Child|Edwin Bjorkman
Your aspiring edifice shall never be erected in this State, sir.The Politician Out-Witted|Samuel Low
People said that young Campbell was no fool in aspiring to succeed to Dr. Hampden's practice.The Doctor's Daughter|"Vera"
The Nabob departed this life before the Minister, but he lived long enough to realize his most aspiring dream.Sybil|Benjamin Disraeli
It seems scarcely necessary to state that this promising and aspiring young lady was not permitted to return.The Choctaw Freedmen|Robert Elliott Flickinger
British Dictionary definitions for aspiring
Word Origin for aspire
Word Origin and History for aspiring
"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.