unaspiring

aspire

[uh-spahyuhr]
verb (used without object), aspired, aspiring.
1.
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.
2.
Archaic. to rise up; soar; mount; tower.

Origin:
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.
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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]
 
as'pirer
 
n
 
as'piring
 
adj

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aspire
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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