What does aspire mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. draw a bead on, aspire, aim, shoot forverb

    have an ambitious plan or a lofty goal


  1. aspireverb

    To hope or dream; especially to hope or work towards a profession or occupation (followed by to as a preposition or infinitive particle).

    He aspires to become a successful doctor someday.

  2. Etymology: From aspirer.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To ASPIREverb

    Etymology: aspiro, Lat.

    Most excellent lady, no expectation in others, nor hope in himself, could aspire to a higher mark, than to be thought worthy to be praised by you. Philip Sidney, b. ii.

    Hence springs that universal strong desire,
    Which all men have of immortality:
    Not some few spirits unto this thought aspire,
    But all men’s minds in this united be. John Davies.

    Quintus Horatius Flaccus did ne’er aspire to epic bays:
    Nor lofty Maro stoop to lyrick lays. Wentworth Dillon.

    Till then a helpless, hopeless, homely swain;
    I sought not freedom, nor aspir’d to gain. John Dryden, Virgil.

    Aspiring to be gods, if angels fell,
    Aspiring to be angels, men rebel. Alexander Pope, Essay on Man.

    Those are raised above sense, and aspire after immortality, who believe the perpetual duration of their souls. John Tillotson.

    There is none of us but who would be thought, throughout the whole course of his life, to aspire after immortality. Francis Atterbury, Sermons, Pref.

    There is betwixt that smile we would aspire to,
    That sweet aspect of princes and our ruin,
    More pangs and fears than war or women have. William Shakespeare, H. VIII.

    My own breath still foment the fire,
    Which flames as high as fancy can aspire. Edmund Waller.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Aspireverb

    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

  2. Aspireverb

    to rise; to ascend; to tower; to soar

  3. Aspireverb

    to aspire to; to long for; to try to reach; to mount to

  4. Aspirenoun


  5. Etymology: [F. aspirer, L. aspirare. See Aspirate, v. t.]


  1. Aspire

    Aspire is a work of art, constructed on the Jubilee Campus of the University of Nottingham, in Nottingham, England. It is a 60-metre tall, red and orange steel sculpture, and was, until overtaken by Anish Kapoor's Orbit, the tallest free standing public work of art in the United Kingdom, taller than B of the Bang, Nelson's Column, the Angel of the North and the Statue of Liberty. Designed by Ken Shuttleworth and MAKE Architects, it comprises an 8m high concrete foundation and 52m high red and orange steel tower. The sculpture weighs 854 tonnes, and cost £800,000, which was donated by an anonymous benefactor. The name Aspire was chosen after a competition to name the sculpture, which was open to staff and students at the university. The structure was fabricated by Watson Steel Structures Ltd in Bolton, Greater Manchester, and was then transported to Widnes, Cheshire, where Merseyside Coatings Ltd applied the distinctive red and orange colour scheme.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Aspire

    as-pīr′ (followed by to or after with the object, or by an infinitive), v.i. to desire eagerly: to aim at high things: to tower up.—n. Aspirā′tion, eager desire.—adj. Aspīr′ing.—adv. Aspīr′ingly.—n. Aspīr′ingness. [Fr.—L. aspirāre, -ātumad, to, spirāre, to breathe.]

Editors Contribution

  1. aspire

    A task, plan or goal we choose.

    We aspire for similar things for humanity.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 15, 2020  

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Anagrams for aspire »

  1. paries

  2. Persia

  3. praise

  4. spirea

  5. sirpea

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of aspire in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of aspire in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of aspire in a Sentence

  1. Michael Douglas:

    It is with tremendous sadness that my brothers and I announce that Kirk Douglas left us today at the age of 103, to the world, he was a legend, an actor from the golden age of movies who lived well into his golden years, a humanitarian whose commitment to justice and the causes he believed in set a standard for all of us to aspire to.

  2. Marcus Tullius Cicero:

    If you aspire to the highest place it is no disgrace to stop at the second, or even the third.

  3. John Alberti:

    Romantic comedies are dealing with the fundamental aspects of human existence : Desire, love, loneliness, unlike( for example),' Fast and Furious,' most of us are not going to become world class street racers, but most people do aspire to being in relationships, and take that very seriously.

  4. Memory Kachambwa:

    You can not speak from both corners of your mouth and apply double standards as you purport to speak for women, it is absurd to aspire to do so when your utterances and actions are heavily sexist and objectify the very same women you claim to speak for. And in any case, who said women can not speak for themselves ?

  5. Charles Krauthammer:

    I do think he feels a debt to the Bushes. He didn't have a lot of use for them, and he abused them, even in his inaugural address. But now he realizes what a gift it was, the way they treated him and the transition coming in, and I think he feels it's part of his job, or he - something to aspire to, to replicate that.

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    fill with high spirits; fill with optimism
    • A. abide
    • B. transpire
    • C. elate
    • D. embellish

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