aspire

verb as·pire \ ə-ˈspī(-ə)r \
Updated on: 21 Nov 2017

Definition of aspire

aspired; aspiring
intransitive verb
1 : to seek to attain or accomplish a particular goal
  • She aspired to a career in medicine.
2 : ascend, soar

aspirer

noun

Examples of aspire in a Sentence

  1. aspire to great deeds, and you have a better chance of doing good deeds

  2. a tower aspiring towards the heavens

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Origin and Etymology of aspire

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

aspire Synonyms

Synonyms
aim, allow [chiefly Southern & Midland], intend, calculate, contemplate, design, go [chiefly Southern & Midland], look, mean, meditate, plan, propose, purport, purpose
Antonyms
decline, descend, dip, drop, fall (off), plunge
Related Words
dream, hope, wish; consider, debate, mull (over), ponder; attempt, endeavor, strive, struggle, try; plot, scheme; accomplish, achieve, effect, execute, perform
Near Antonyms
dive, nose-dive, plummet, sink, slide

ASPIRE Defined for English Language Learners

aspire

verb

Definition of aspire for English Language Learners

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


ASPIRE Defined for Kids

aspire

verb as·pire \ ə-ˈspīr \

Definition of aspire for Students

aspired; aspiring
: to very much want to have or achieve something
  • aspire to greatness


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