verb (used without object), aspired, aspiring.
to long, aim, or seek ambitiously; be eagerly desirous, especially for something great or of high value (usually followed by to, after, or an infinitive): to aspire after literary immortality; to aspire to be a doctor.
Archaic. to rise up; soar; mount; tower.

1425–75; late Middle English (< Middle French aspirer) < Latin aspīrāre to breathe upon, pant after, equivalent to a- a-5 + spīrāre to breathe, blow

aspirer, noun
aspiringly, adverb
nonaspiring, adjective
unaspiring, adjective
unaspiringly, adverb

1. yearn. Unabridged
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aspire (əˈspaɪə)
vb (usually foll by to or after)
1.  to yearn (for) or have a powerful or ambitious plan, desire, or hope (to do or be something): to aspire to be a great leader
2.  to rise to a great height
[C15: from Latin aspīrāre to breathe upon, from spīrāre to breathe]

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Word Origin & History

mid-15c., from O.Fr. aspirer "aspire to, inspire" (12c.), from L. aspirare "to breathe upon, to breathe," also, in transf. senses, "to be favorable to, assist; to climb up to, to endeavor to obtain, to reach to, to seek to reach; infuse," from ad- "to" + spirare "to breathe" (see
spirit). The notion is of "panting with desire," or perhaps of rising smoke.
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Example sentences
New York would no longer aspire to be all things to all of its people.
Countries don't aspire to things.
Now the upper middle class aspire to stay in cities.
But for those who aspire to greatness, here is the definitive guide.
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