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as·pire

 (ə-spīr′)
intr.v. as·pired, as·pir·ing, as·pires
1. To have a great ambition or ultimate goal; desire strongly: aspired to be a poet.
2. To strive toward an end or condition: aspiring to great knowledge.
3. Archaic To rise high; move upwards.

[Middle English aspiren, from aspirer, from Latin aspīrāre, to desire; see aspirate.]

as·pir′er n.
as·pir′ing·ly adv.

aspire

(əˈspaɪə)
vb (intr)
1. (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.
2. to rise to a great height
[C15: from Latin aspīrāre to breathe upon, from spīrāre to breathe]
asˈpirer n
asˈpiring adj

as•pire

(əˈspaɪər)

v.i. -pired, -pir•ing.
1. to long, aim, or seek ambitiously, esp. for something of high value: to aspire after fame.
2. Archaic. to rise up; soar.
[1425–75; < Latin aspīrāre to breathe on <a- a-5 + spirāre to breathe]
as•pir′er, n.
as•pir′ing•ly, adv.

aspire


Past participle: aspired
Gerund: aspiring

Imperative
aspire
aspire
Present
I aspire
you aspire
he/she/it aspires
we aspire
you aspire
they aspire
Preterite
I aspired
you aspired
he/she/it aspired
we aspired
you aspired
they aspired
Present Continuous
I am aspiring
you are aspiring
he/she/it is aspiring
we are aspiring
you are aspiring
they are aspiring
Present Perfect
I have aspired
you have aspired
he/she/it has aspired
we have aspired
you have aspired
they have aspired
Past Continuous
I was aspiring
you were aspiring
he/she/it was aspiring
we were aspiring
you were aspiring
they were aspiring
Past Perfect
I had aspired
you had aspired
he/she/it had aspired
we had aspired
you had aspired
they had aspired
Future
I will aspire
you will aspire
he/she/it will aspire
we will aspire
you will aspire
they will aspire
Future Perfect
I will have aspired
you will have aspired
he/she/it will have aspired
we will have aspired
you will have aspired
they will have aspired
Future Continuous
I will be aspiring
you will be aspiring
he/she/it will be aspiring
we will be aspiring
you will be aspiring
they will be aspiring
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been aspiring
you have been aspiring
he/she/it has been aspiring
we have been aspiring
you have been aspiring
they have been aspiring
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been aspiring
you will have been aspiring
he/she/it will have been aspiring
we will have been aspiring
you will have been aspiring
they will have been aspiring
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been aspiring
you had been aspiring
he/she/it had been aspiring
we had been aspiring
you had been aspiring
they had been aspiring
Conditional
I would aspire
you would aspire
he/she/it would aspire
we would aspire
you would aspire
they would aspire
Past Conditional
I would have aspired
you would have aspired
he/she/it would have aspired
we would have aspired
you would have aspired
they would have aspired
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.aspire - have an ambitious plan or a lofty goalaspire - have an ambitious plan or a lofty goal
be after, plan - have the will and intention to carry out some action; "He plans to be in graduate school next year"; "The rebels had planned turmoil and confusion"
overshoot - aim too high; "The plan overshoots its aim"

aspire

verb
1. To have a fervent hope or aspiration:
Idioms: reach for the stars, set one's heart on.
2. To strive toward a goal:
Translations
يَطْمَح، يَتوق
usilovat
stræbe efter
törekszik
sækjast eftir, òrá
censtiestiekties
ašpirovať
can atmakçok istemek

aspire

[əsˈpaɪəʳ] VI to aspire to sthaspirar a algo
we can't aspire to thatno aspiramos a tantonuestras pretensiones son más modestas
he aspires to a new caranhela tener un coche nuevo
to aspire to do sthaspirar a hacer algo, ambicionar hacer algo

aspire

[əˈspaɪər] vi
to aspire to → aspirer à

aspire

vi to aspire to somethingnach etw streben, etw erstreben; to aspire to do somethingdanach streben, etw zu tun

aspire

[əsˈpaɪəʳ] vi to aspire toaspirare a, ambire a

aspire

(əˈspaiə) verb
(usually with to) to try very hard to reach (something difficult, ambitious etc). He aspired to the position of president.
ˌaspiˈration (ӕspi-) noun
(often in plural) an ambition. aspirations to become a writer.
References in classic literature ?
IN PARTICULAR This Work Is Dedicated By A Humble Native Of Flatland In the Hope that Even as he was Initiated into the Mysteries OF THREE DIMENSIONS Having been previously conversant With ONLY TWO So the Citizens of that Celestial Region May aspire yet higher and higher To the Secrets of FOUR FIVE or EVEN SIX Dimensions Thereby contributing To the Enlargement of THE IMAGINATION And the possible Development Of that most and excellent GIFT of MODESTY Among the Superior Races Of SOLID HUMANITY
Bottomless vales and boundless floods, And chasms, and caves, and Titian woods, With forms that no man can discover For the dews that drip all over; Mountains toppling evermore Into seas without a shore; Seas that restlessly aspire, Surging, unto skies of fire; Lakes that endlessly outspread Their lone waters - lone and dead, - Their still waters - still and chilly With the snows of the lolling lily.
There once lived, in a sequestered part of the county of Devonshire, one Mr Godfrey Nickleby: a worthy gentleman, who, taking it into his head rather late in life that he must get married, and not being young enough or rich enough to aspire to the hand of a lady of fortune, had wedded an old flame out of mere attachment, who in her turn had taken him for the same reason.
That is to say, persuaded that I should never do any good with my life, and that I was inferior even to the sole of my own boot, I took it into my head that it was absurd for me to aspire at all-- rather, that I ought to account myself a disgrace and an abomination.
This is about as much as the college-bred generally do or aspire to do, and they take an English paper for the purpose.
I aspire to be acquainted with wiser men than this our Concord soil has produced, whose names are hardly known here.
So Tip's guardian, however much she might aspire to working magic, realized it was unlawful to be more than a Sorceress, or at most a Wizardess.
It aspires to being a modernized fairy tale, in which the wonderment and joy are retained and the heartaches and nightmares are left out.
As a very distinguished flirt I have always been taught to consider her, but it has lately fallen In my way to hear some particulars of her conduct at Langford: which prove that she does not confine herself to that sort of honest flirtation which satisfies most people, but aspires to the more delicious gratification of making a whole family miserable.
He, therefore, who aspires to the character of a legislator, ought, besides all we have already said, to be able to correct the mistakes of a government already established, as we have before mentioned.
My convictions were all democratic, but at heart I am afraid I was a snob, and was unworthy of the honest work which I ought to have felt it an honor to do; this, whatever we falsely pretend to the contrary, is the frame of every one who aspires beyond the work of his hands.
For strength from Truth divided and from Just, Illaudable, naught merits but dispraise And ignominie, yet to glorie aspires Vain glorious, and through infamie seeks fame: Therfore Eternal silence be thir doome.