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aspire

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verb as·pire \ə-ˈspī(-ə)r\

Simple Definition of aspire

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

Full Definition of aspire

as·piredas·pir·ing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to seek to attain or accomplish a particular goal <aspired to a career in medicine>

  3. 2 :  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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