as·pire | \ ə-ˈspī(-ə)r \
aspired; aspiring

Definition of aspire 

intransitive verb

1 : to seek to attain or accomplish a particular goal She aspired to a career in medicine.

2 : ascend, soar

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Other words from aspire

aspirer noun

Examples of aspire in a Sentence

aspire to great deeds, and you have a better chance of doing good deeds a tower aspiring towards the heavens

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As a result, Wesley Williams has created a community of women of color who are shattering glass ceilings and aspiring to make their presence the norm in public relations, marketing, and other communications fields. NBC News, "Be proactive and step out of your comfort zone:," 13 July 2018 Underestimate WNBA star Chiney Ogwumike and aspiring pro Nevaeh Moore and you’ll play yourself. Abby Haglage,, "4 Black Girls With Big Dreams & The 4 Women Living Them," 13 July 2018 As a teen, Rodriguez joined the Police Explorers program for aspiring future officers in Garden Grove, California, south of Anaheim. CBS News, "Police officer becomes unlikely father figure for young man," 12 July 2018 Many women graduates used to go into teaching, but now aspire to men-only jobs. The Economist, "Saudi women want more sway in religious affairs," 12 July 2018 Jalivay, 42, a writer and aspiring filmmaker from West Philadelphia, drives part-time for Lyft. Helen Ubiñas,, "What's the price of driving into the scene of a shooting? Lyft says $5. | Helen Ubiñas," 10 July 2018 Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, the stables attracted an array of aspiring competitive equestrians from all over North County. Jeff Mcdonald,, "#MeToo movement prompts disclosure of alleged sexual abuse at La Jolla Farms Stables," 8 July 2018 Our response is to separate families at the border and aspire to build a big wall. Paul Daugherty,, "Morning Line: After Annapolis killings, Doc asks what the hell is wrong with us," 2 July 2018 But with Suri Cruise setting the summer goals to which everyone else must aspire, who can even think about that? Hilary Weaver, Vanities, "Let It Be Known That Suri Cruise Is Having a Better Summer Than Anyone," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of aspire

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for aspire

Middle English, from Middle French or Latin; Middle French aspirer, from Latin aspirare, literally, to breathe upon, from ad- + spirare to breathe

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English Language Learners Definition of aspire

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


as·pire | \ ə-ˈspīr \
aspired; aspiring

Kids Definition of aspire

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

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