aspire
Pronunciation
  • (British) IPA: /əˈspaɪə(ɹ)/
  • (America) IPA: /əˈspaɪɚ/
Verb

aspire (aspires, present participle aspiring; past and past participle aspired)

  1. (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 131–132, page 9 ↗:
      Aſpiring to be Gods, if Angels fell, / Aſpiring to be Angels, Men rebell: [...]
    • 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?
  2. (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.
  3. To rise; to ascend; to tower; to soar.
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