Definition of aspire in English:


Line breaks: as¦pire
Pronunciation: /əˈspʌɪə


[no object]
1Direct one’s hopes or ambitions towards achieving something: we never thought that we might aspire to those heights [with infinitive]: other people will aspire to be like you
More example sentences
  • It stirs us to strive for the goal, achieve the target and aspire to something beyond our comfort zone.
  • We need to ask ourselves, what kind of success do we aspire to achieve and at what cost?
  • What counts most is what each individual can aspire to achieve with technology and the results they deliver.
desire (to), aim for/to, hope for/to, long for/to, yearn for/to, hanker after/for/to, set one's heart on, wish for/to, want (to), expect (to), have the objective of, dream of, hunger for/to, seek (to), pursue, have as one's goal/aim, set one's sights on; be ambitious
literary thirst for/after
archaic be desirous of
would-be, intending, aspirant, hopeful, optimistic, budding, wishful; potential, possible, prospective, likely, future; ambitious, eager, keen, striving, determined, enterprising, pioneering, progressive, motivated, driven, enthusiastic, energetic, zealous, committed, go-ahead, go-getting, purposeful
informal wannabe, on the make
archaic expectant
2 literary Rise high; tower: above the domes of loftiest mosques these pinnacles aspire


late Middle English: from French aspirer or Latin aspirare, from ad- 'to' + spirare 'breathe'.

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