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Definitions of aspire

  1. To desire and seek eagerly after what is above one; to rise or soar up. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  2. To aspire to; to long for; to try to reach; to mount to. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. To seek after or desire with longing; yearn for that which is better or nobler; rise or ascend; to soar. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  5. To desire eagerly: to aim at high things. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  6. To desire something high and good; reach upward; ascend. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  7. have an ambitious plan or a lofty goal Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. To desire with eagerness; to pant after; to aim at something that can be obtained with difficulty. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  9. ASPIRINGLY. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.

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Usage examples for aspire

  1. It is so easy to aspire and to begin! – Autobiography of Anthony Trollope by Anthony Trollope
  2. If sin like this to honor can aspire Why dance I still and lead the sacred choir? – The Oedipus Trilogy by Sophocles
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