aspire (aspires, present participle aspiring; past and past participle aspired)
- (intransitive) 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.
- 1733, [Alexander Pope], An Essay on Man. […], epistle I, London: Printed for J[ohn] Wilford, […], OCLC 960856019 ↗, lines 248–251, page 15 ↗:
- What if the Foot, ordain'd the duſt to tread, / Or Hand, to toil, aſpir'd to be the Head? / What if the Head, the Eye, or Ear repin'd / To ſerve mere Engines to the ruling Mind?
- (transitive, obsolete) To aspire to; to long for; to try to reach; to mount to.
- c. 1591–1595, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Romeo and Ivliet”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act III, scene i], page 65 ↗, column 1:
- O Romeo, Romeo, braue Mercutio's is dead, / That Gallant ſpirit hath aſpir'd the Cloudes, / Which too vntimely here did ſcorne the earth.
- To rise; to ascend; to tower; to soar.
- German: streben, hoffen
- Italian: aspirare
- Portuguese: aspirar, almejar
- Russian: стреми́ться
- Spanish: aspirar, ambicionar