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

Synonyms for aspire


aim, allow [chiefly Southern & Midland], calculate, contemplate, design, go [chiefly Southern & Midland], intend, look, mean, meditate, plan, propose, purport, purpose

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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

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An aspiring singer, Azriel, then an eleventh grader, jumped at the chance. Morgan Jerkins, Teen Vogue, "R. Kelly and Other Powerful Men Have Always Manipulated Their Teen Fans," 9 Jan. 2019 Samsung’s Notebook 9 Pro has traditionally aspired to premium notebook status, but without the pricing that goes along with it. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Samsung's stylish Notebook 9 Pro adds Intel's Whiskey Lake CPU and Thunderbolt ports," 7 Jan. 2019 Ukrainian billionaire and aspiring singer Marina Acton is the seller. Jack Flemming,, "Kim and Kanye’s former Bel-Air mansion hits the market for $18 million," 4 July 2018 The 1915 show, about the love affair between an aspiring young singer from the provinces and the scion of a wealthy Viennese family, takes aim at the rigid class divisions of the period. John Von Rhein,, "Recommended Chicago classical concerts for June 29-July 8," 28 June 2018 But, in brief, Cooper plays a formerly famous singer whose career is in freefall as a result of too much drink, and Gaga is the aspiring singer who catches his eye — and ear. Mark Shanahan,, "‘A Star Is Born’ trailer is released. Could the third remake be a charm?," 7 June 2018 Yolande Betbeze Fox, an aspiring opera singer who was crowned Miss America in 1951, refused to model in a swimsuit after her win. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Miss America Is Ditching Its Swimsuit Competition," 5 June 2018 Runner-up Buchanan, an aspiring bluesy rock singer/songwriter, was joined by another North Carolinian, Ryan Adams, for To Be Without You. Jayme Deerwester, USA TODAY, "'The Voice' Season 14 finale recap: And the winner is ...," 22 May 2018 One of the potential challenges faced by aspiring opera singers and composers in the region is the current lack of specialist training available. Ana Khan, Houston Chronicle, "Upcoming classical music performances in Houston," 10 May 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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to deny responsibility for

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