American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To have a great ambition or ultimate goal; desire strongly: aspired to stardom.
- v. To strive toward an end: aspiring to great knowledge.
- v. To soar.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To breathe to or into.
- To breathe forth or exhale.
- To breathe after; seek with eagerness to attain to; long or try to reach; attempt.
- To mount or soar to; attain.
- To be eagerly desirous; aim ambitiously, especially at something great or noble; be ambitious: followed by an object with to or after, or by an infinitive: as, to aspire to a crown or after immortality.
- To rise up as an exhalation, or as smoke or fire; hence, to mount or ascend; tower up or rise high.
- n. Aspiration; ardent wish or desire.
- v. To hope or dream; especially to hope or work towards a profession or occupation (followed by to as a preposition or infinitive particle).
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To desire with eagerness; to seek to attain something high or great; to pant; to long; -- followed by
toor after, and rarely by at
- v. To rise; to ascend; to tower; to soar.
- v. obsolete To aspire to; to long for; to try to reach; to mount to.
- n. obsolete Aspiration.
- v. have an ambitious plan or a lofty goal
- From Old French aspirer. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English aspiren, from aspirer, from Latin aspīrāre, to desire; see aspirate. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The only good to which it should aspire is the perpetuation of its condition. —”
“Why not, in short, aspire to be a god when the alternative is to be a bum?”
“The greatest reward to which he can aspire is re-election.”
“Brown has heeded Mandy (for now ... possibly) and changed his mantra to 'aspire' - daylight theft of a Tory slogan.”
“To live is to aspire; to cease to aspire is to die.”
“Let us rather regard the dignity and excellency of knowledge and learning in that whereunto man's nature doth most aspire, which is immortality or continuance.”
“Love is this thing that we all kind of aspire to receiving and giving, it's the one thing we're all kind of hungry for.”
“And they realize the standard of Hollywood films is higher and they kind of aspire to that.”
“How about our kids, teenagers, university students, ourselves -- is this something we want to "aspire" to intellectually or in any other way?”
“And I think it's so inspiring to the people at home who kind of aspire to be like you all.”
These user-created lists contain the word ‘aspire’.
A complete Barron's Wordlist for GRE preparation. Your online flashcard replacement.
List of most of the words I've learned
Looking for tweets for aspire.