- 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.
Origin of aspire
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Related Wordseager, would-be, longing, striving, endeavoring, ambitious, aspirant, enthusiastic, impassioned, wishful, zealous
Examples from the Web for aspiring
That Huckabee is mentioned in the same sentence with other aspiring conservative governors, especially Bobby Jindal, is laughable.Why This Liberal Hearts Huckabee
January 6, 2015
Great for the aspiring Quentin Tarantino, or for the aspiring next Feiffer.The Best Gift Books of 2014
December 12, 2014
This is not lost on their commander, Rama (Shani Klein), an aspiring military careerist who looks down on frivolity in wartime.‘Zero Motivation’: the Funny Side of the IDF
December 8, 2014
He was a black, 135-pound art student at Pratt Institute, as well as an aspiring model.Before Eric Garner, There Was Michael Stewart: The Tragic Story of the Real-Life Radio Raheem
December 4, 2014
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’
December 3, 2014
They took an aspiring angel and made a domestic animal of him.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
Henry was modest, yet aspiring; gentle, yet intense in his affections.
But they are of aspiring nature, and this fact was known to the Fiend.Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2)
William Delisle Hay
Yet under all these clouds, their spirit was hopeful and aspiring.The Legacy of Greece
"I hope so," said Harry, in an aspiring tone, which greatly satisfied his tutor.David Elginbrod
- (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
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.