as·​pire | \ ə-ˈspī(-ə)r How to pronounce aspire (audio) \
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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aspirer noun

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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
Recent Examples on the Web Yet for those who still aspire to join the C-suite, the competition for top jobs is intense. Cassandra Frangos, Forbes, 4 Aug. 2022 The Malayalam-language film follows Hareesh (Boban) and Reshmi (Divya Prabha), an immigrant couple from Kerala working in a medical gloves factory near Delhi, who aspire to go abroad for a better life. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 3 Aug. 2022 Think of it as a complement to our flagship CEO Daily newsletter, but designed to give chief talent and chief people officers, and all those who aspire to those roles, news, analysis, and tips to help them do their jobs better. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, 28 July 2022 Though non-disclosure agreements prevent local organizers from identifying specific individuals who aspire to bring pro basketball back to Louisville, the line of prospective buyers may be longer than Steph Curry’s range. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, 19 July 2022 But so is convincing smart, ambitious women who aspire to be Kamala Harris or Hillary Clinton that the world needs more women judges, too. Keli Goff, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 July 2022 Saber Six Foundation also supports a Rotary Club of Milwaukee scholarship endowment for disadvantaged youths who aspire to public service. Bill Glauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 27 May 2022 Many internet stars aspire to make the leap to more traditional mediums, but Marcel is among the few to achieve the feat. Wilson Wong, NBC News, 1 July 2022 All golfers aspire to add more distance to their drive. Jen Murphy, WSJ, 16 June 2022 See More

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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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as·​pire | \ ə-ˈspīr How to pronounce aspire (audio) \
aspired; aspiring

Kids Definition of aspire

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

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