aspire

verb
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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Other Words from aspire

aspirer noun

Synonyms for aspire

Synonyms

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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So that’s how the aspiring forest dwellers get their food. Martin Fritz Huber, Outside Online, "'Leave No Trace' Is Brutally Honest About Rewilding," 28 June 2018 Bella, who aspires to follow her mother's footsteps, recently starred in her second Hallmark Christmas movie with her mom, Homegrown Christmas. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Everything to Know About Lori Loughlin's Kids, Olivia Jade and Isabella Rose," 12 Mar. 2019 Stella McCartney’s ecological, ethical, and sustainable credentials will likely also appeal to Eugenie, who aspires to live a plastic-free life. Tamara Abraham, Harper's BAZAAR, "Erdem Is Not Designing Princess Eugenie's Wedding Dress," 4 Oct. 2018 But The Automatica costs a ridiculous $450 for early backers and aspires to an MSRP that’s $250 higher. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "This tilting kettle will make your coffee-loving friends livid," 20 Aug. 2018 Joseph Walter Jackson, who aspired to be a musician himself, instead became the mastermind behind the most successful musical family in pop history, attracting much controversy along the way. Monée Fields-white, The Root, "Joe Jackson, Controversial Patriarch of a Musical Dynasty, Has Died at 89," 27 June 2018 Nine-year-old Lena, who aspires to be a cook like her mom, had blueberry bread in the oven. Marcella Bombardieri, The Atlantic, "One College's Struggle to Get Poor Students Through School," 30 May 2018 The new school will bolster arts education and research, thus better preparing students who aspire to be professional artists by allowing them to take transdisciplinary classes to fit their major’s core requirements. Mark Rudin, idahostatesman, "Arts and science together: Research plays vital role in Idaho’s cultural world | Idaho Statesman," 27 Apr. 2018 The sports beat was once something writers aspired to move beyond—James Reston and Westbrook Pegler... Henry D. Fetter, WSJ, "‘Infinite Baseball’ Review: A Philosopher at the Ballpark," 28 Mar. 2019

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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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The first known use of aspire was in the 14th century

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aspire

verb

English Language Learners Definition of aspire

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

aspire

verb
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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