from The Century Dictionary.

  • In an aspiring manner; soaringly; ambitiously.

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  • adverb in an aspiring manner


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aspiring +‎ -ly


  • Published in 1958, The Changeling recounts the story of the nice aspiringly middle-class Forbes family living in Glasgow.

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  • So obsessed that he concealed his decidedly uncool secret from all but one or two of his aspiringly cool fellow Beats.

    Dean Sluyter: It's Official: Nobody's Cool. (Kerouac Posthumously Blows It)

  • One of my favourites, this is a light hearted piece inspired by a chance encounter at a private party with a man then at the height of his power in the country; I was fascinated beyond words by the effect he had on the would-be urbane and aspiringly sophisticated!

    Politician in Private Society

  • It is said that imitation is the sincerest flattery; and if Isabel was sometimes moved to gape at her friend aspiringly and despairingly it was not so much because she desired herself to shine as because she wished to hold up the lamp for Madame Merle.

    The Portrait of a Lady

  • It was to teach them, that the holiest amongst us has but attained so far above his fellows as to discern more clearly the Mercy which looks down, and repudiate more utterly the phantom of human merit, which would look aspiringly upward.

    The Scarlet Letter

  • It was a room designed aspiringly for a brandy and a fire, a failed room, perversely furnished, and she drank tea and tried to read a book.


  • "Oh!" she gasped in wistful-voiced soliloquy, as she leaned against her mop-stick and gazed aspiringly at the stage, "I wonder if I couldn't rise!"

    Amarilly of Clothes-line Alley

  • From his position he could see the images, and out of the spiritual agony of Esther kneeling there, the force of which was communicated to himself, he watched them close, scarcely able to believe that they would not stoop from their pedestals and console the suppliant woman with benediction of those stone hands now clasped aspiringly to God, themselves for centuries suppliant like the woman at their feet.

    The Altar Steps

  • You have made of your stomach, "I continued, venturing aspiringly into metaphor," a brazen

    The Cords of Vanity A Comedy of Shirking

  • The quaver figure rises aspiringly, and the sustained parts swell out proudly.

    Chopin : the Man and His Music


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  • "Someday I'll run the CIA" said young Tom aspiringly.

    December 14, 2007