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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.
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in an aspiring manner
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But dreams--of those who dream as I, Aspiringly, are damned, and die: Yet should I swear I mean alone, By notes so very shrilly blown, To break upon Time's monotone, While yet my vapid joy and grief Are tintless of the yellow leaf-- Why not an imp the graybeard hath, Will shake his shadow in my path-- And e'en the graybeard will o'erlook Connivingly my dreaming-book.
It was to teach them, that the holiest amongst us has but attained so far above his fellows as to discern more clearly the Mercy which looks down, and repudiate more utterly the phantom of human merit, which would look aspiringly upward.
But, seeing that man is and remains man, he is certain to react, sooner or later, in a fashion unforeseen by his humanitarian shepherds: to react morbidly, dismally, disastrously, and perhaps, again, aspiringly and gloriously.