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Aspire definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

ASPI'RE, v.i. [L. aspiro, to breathe. See Aspirate.]
1. To desire with eagerness; to pant after an object, great, noble or spiritual; followed by to or after; as to aspire to a crown or after immortality.
2. To aim at something elevated; to rise or tower with desire.
Aspiring to be Gods, if angels fell;
Aspiring to be angels, men rebel.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

v
1: have an ambitious plan or a lofty goal [syn: draw a bead on, aspire, aim, shoot for]

Merriam Webster's

intransitive verb (aspired; aspiring) Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French or Latin; Middle French aspirer, from Latin aspirare, literally, to breathe upon, from ad- + spirare to breathe Date: 14th century 1. to seek to attain or accomplish a particular goal <aspired to a career in medicine> 2. ascend, soar aspirer noun

Oxford Reference Dictionary

v.intr. (usu. foll. by to or after, or to + infin.) 1 have ambition or strong desire. 2 poet. rise high. Etymology: ME f. F aspirer or L aspirare f. ad to + spirare breathe

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Aspire As*pire", v. i. [imp. & p. p. Aspired; p. pr. & vb. n. Aspiring.] [F. aspirer, L. aspirare. See Aspirate, v. t.] 1. To desire with eagerness; to seek to attain something high or great; to pant; to long; -- followed by to or after, and rarely by at; as, to aspire to a crown; to aspire after immorality. Aspiring to be gods, if angels fell; Aspiring to be angels, men rebel. --Pope. 2. To rise; to ascend; to tower; to soar. My own breath still foments the fire, Which flames as high as fancy can aspire. --Waller.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Aspire As*pire", v. t. To aspire to; to long for; to try to reach; to mount to. [Obs.] That gallant spirit hath aspired the clouds. --Shak.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Aspire As*pire", n. Aspiration. [Obs.] --Chapman.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(aspires, aspiring, aspired) If you aspire to something such as an important job, you have a strong desire to achieve it. ...people who aspire to public office... They aspired to be gentlemen, though they fell far short of the ideal. VERB: V to n/-ing, V to-inf see also aspiring

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

v. n. 1. Desire (earnestly), long, yearn. 2. Ascend, rise, soar, tower, mount.

Moby Thesaurus

aim, aim at, aim high, aspire after, aspire to, bank on, be after, be ambitious, become airborne, claw skyward, confide, count on, covet, crave, crave after, crawl after, design, desire, destine, determine, dream of, drive at, expect, feel confident, float, fly, fly aloft, gain altitude, go for, hang, hanker after, harbor a design, harbor the hope, have every intention, hope, hope against hope, hope and pray, hope for, hope in, hope to God, hover, hunger after, intend, kite, lean upon, leave the ground, live in hopes, long, lust after, mean, nurture the hope, pant, pant after, plan, plane, poise, presume, project, propose, purport, purpose, rely on, resolve, rest assured, run mad after, seek, soar, spire, take off, think, thirst after, trust, try to reach, wish, yearn, zoom



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