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[uh-spahyuh r] /əˈspaɪər/
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.
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English (< Middle French aspirer) < Latin aspīrāre to breathe upon, pant after, equivalent to a- a-5 + spīrāre to breathe, blow
Related forms
aspirer, noun
aspiringly, adverb
nonaspiring, adjective
unaspiring, adjective
unaspiringly, adverb
1. yearn. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for aspires
  • However, the spiritual particle aspires to establish its supremacy over material nature.
  • Remember every single individual of our species aspires to live the life of the rich and famous.
  • Baseball, writer believes, aspires to the condition of painting.
  • In other words, it aspires to be the kind of neighborhood that does not easily absorb a nightly dispersal of jittery ex-convicts.
  • He represents the nation as it is, and as it aspires to be.
  • But that's only a part of what the company aspires to be.
  • She aspires to be a veterinarian and has made good grades in her science-heavy coursework as a biochemistry major.
  • Instead, let us look to a new decade that aspires to the higher moral ground of pluralism.
  • In countries where it aspires to join the political mainstream, it renounces the use of violence locally.
  • The position of a moderate who aspires to shake the world into a new shape presents a continuous contradiction.
British Dictionary definitions for aspires


verb (intransitive)
usually foll by to or after. 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
to rise to a great height
Derived Forms
aspirer, noun
aspiring, adjective
Word Origin
C15: from Latin aspīrāre to breathe upon, from spīrāre to breathe
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Word Origin and History for aspires



"to strive for," c.1400, from Old French aspirer "aspire to; inspire; breathe, breathe on" (12c.), from Latin aspirare "to breathe upon, to breathe," also, in transferred 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" (see ad-) + spirare "to breathe" (see spirit (n.)). The notion is of "panting with desire," or perhaps of rising smoke. Related: Aspired; aspiring.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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