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1 eager desire for personal advancement
  • a combination of aspiration and hard work made her the top tennis player in the state

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2 something that one hopes or intends to accomplish
  • college is his immediate aspiration after he graduates from high school

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ambition, aspiration, pretension mean strong desire for advancement. ambition applies to the desire for personal advancement or preferment and may suggest equally a praiseworthy or an inordinate desire. driven by ambition aspiration implies a striving after something higher than oneself. an aspiration to become president someday pretension suggests ardent desire for recognition of accomplishment often without actual possession of the necessary ability and therefore may imply presumption. has literary pretensions

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

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“Aspiration.” The Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 8 December 2019.

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