verb as·pire \ə-ˈspī(-ə)r\

: to want to have or achieve something (such as a particular career or level of success)


Full Definition of ASPIRE

intransitive verb
:  to seek to attain or accomplish a particular goal <aspired to a career in medicine>
:  ascend, soar
as·pir·er noun

Examples of ASPIRE

  1. <aspire to great deeds, and you have a better chance of doing good deeds>
  2. <a tower aspiring towards the heavens>

Origin of ASPIRE

Middle English, from Middle French or Latin; Middle French aspirer, from Latin aspirare, literally, to breathe upon, from ad- + spirare to breathe
First Known Use: 14th century

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ASPIRE Defined for Kids


verb as·pire \ə-ˈspīr\

Definition of ASPIRE for Kids

:  to very much want to have or achieve something <aspire to greatness>


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