• WordNet 3.6
    • v aspire have an ambitious plan or a lofty goal
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Aspire Aspiration.
    • v. t Aspire To aspire to; to long for; to try to reach; to mount to. "That gallant spirit hath aspired the clouds."
    • Aspire 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. "Aspiring to be gods, if angels fell; Aspiring to be angels, men rebel."
    • Aspire To rise; to ascend; to tower; to soar. "My own breath still foments the fire,
      Which flames as high as fancy can aspire ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • aspire To breathe to or into.
    • aspire To breathe forth or exhale.
    • aspire To breathe after; seek with eagerness to attain to; long or try to reach; attempt.
    • aspire To mount or soar to; attain.
    • aspire To be eagerly desirous; aim ambitiously, especially at something great or noble; be ambitious: followed by an object with to or after, or by an infinitive: as, to aspire to a crown or after immortality.
    • aspire To rise up as an exhalation, or as smoke or fire; hence, to mount or ascend; tower up or rise high.
    • n aspire Aspiration; ardent wish or desire.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Aspire as-pīr′ (followed by to or after with the object, or by an infinitive), to desire eagerly: to aim at high things: to tower up
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  • Baltasar Gracian
    “Aspire rather to be a hero than merely appear one.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “Claret is the liquor for boys; port for men; but he who aspires to be a hero must drink brandy.”
  • Victor Borge
    Victor Borge
    “Humor is something that thrives between man's aspirations and his limitations. There is more logic in humor than in anything else. Because, you see, humor is truth.”
  • Queen Victoria
    “His purity was too great, his aspiration too high for this poor, miserable world! His great soul is now only enjoying that for which it was worthy!”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “If you want to be comfortable -- take an easy job. If you aspire to leadership, take off your coat.”
  • Walter Pater
    Walter Pater
    “All art constantly aspires towards the condition of music.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. aspirer, L. aspirare,. See Aspirate (v. t.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.—L. aspirāre, -ātumad, to, spirāre, to breathe.


In literature:

He was seeing what he would not be wearing and seeing what he would not be wearing he was improving in aspiring.
"Matisse Picasso and Gertrude Stein" by Gertrude Stein
For any one who aspires to write, reporting has several distinct advantages and some dangers.
"How To Write Special Feature Articles" by Willard Grosvenor Bleyer
In the Cabinet of Mr. Monroe there were three aspirants for the Presidency: Adams, Crawford, and Calhoun.
"The Memories of Fifty Years" by William H. Sparks
She breathed her own aspirations into the boy's ears, and filled his mind with them.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 12, No. 74, December, 1863" by Various
The aspirants after popularity would not know their trade, if they had not the art, when they show the gentle hand, to conceal the rough one.
"Essays on Political Economy" by Frederic Bastiat
The letter was full of aspiration for the best things, of thoughts about God and the spiritual verities.
"The Ascent of the Soul" by Amory H. Bradford
In addition to aspirating synovia, the introduction of equal parts of alcohol and tincture of iodin into the theca is necessary.
"Lameness of the Horse" by John Victor Lacroix
It was discussed with science or stupidity, with aspirates or without.
"The Grey Wig: Stories and Novelettes" by Israel Zangwill
Now, as he swung on vigorously in the October light, there was about him a joyousness of purpose which belonged to his age and his aspirations.
"The Voice of the People" by Ellen Glasgow
The period 1906-14 was full of despair for sensitive and aspiring souls.
"Bolshevism" by John Spargo

In poetry:

And unto what can man aspire,
On earth, more worth the striving for,
Than to be Reason's loftier lyre,
And reconciling monitor;
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin
Thus by aspirations lifted,
By misgivings downward driven,
Human hearts are tossed and drifted
Midway between earth and heaven.
"King Trisanku. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The Fifth)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Freedom needs all her poets: it is they
Who give her aspirations wings,
And to the wiser law of music sway
Her wild imaginings.
"To The Memory Of Hood" by James Russell Lowell
There's nothing round the spacious earth
To suit my vast desires;
To more refin'd and solid mirth
My boundless thought aspires.
"The Believer's Principles : Chap. V." by Ralph Erskine
Oh may I on His firmness stand,
The ground of my immortal hope;
Or nobly rise, at his command,
To Pisgah's heaven-aspiring top.
"Hymn III" by William Duke
Whilst to this Heav'n my Soul Aspires
All Suff'rings here are light
He travells pleas'd who but desires
A Sweet Repose at Night.
"A Contemplation" by Anne Kingsmill Finch

In news:

It also aspires to be recognized as art.
Back in November I took the Kauffman Foundation's FastTrac program, a boot camp for aspiring entrepreneurs.
Lee took the time to open up to us about the latest disc, as well as her career aspirations outside of music and more.
People would be embarrassed if their tactics don't work, so for any person who aspires to do an experiment it's a delicate dance.
An aspiring lingerie model from Colorado Springs who has been missing for more than a month may be the victim of a dark modeling subculture, officials from the El Paso County Sheriff's Office say.
Every parent wants to support his or her child's dreams and aspirations.
Say you're an aspiring documentary filmmaker and your subject of choice is the east coast-west coast hip-hop rivalry of the 1990s.
An early 10-point summary of the aspiring dictator's agenda … More.
An early 10-point summary of the aspiring dictator's agenda.
The author's fiction springs from values, lessons, aspirations and traditions instilled over generations.
They're perfect fodder for aspiring college bowl game know-it-alls.
Home- Furnishing Retailers' Web Aspirations Struggle. Gemma Lee Farrell, 23, is a model and aspiring actress who lives in Los Angeles.
AMERICANS ARE an aspirational people.
Olympic officials aspire to use athletics to make larger points about equality and building a more democratic world.

In science:

Any method aspiring to introduce an arbitrary amount of clustering into a network must interpolate between two extremely different topologies.
Random Networks with Tunable Degree Distribution and Clustering
But until then I shall consider the more ambitious perdurantist, who aspires to define persistence, and so faces the RDA.
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter
In metaphysics, I am an aspiring Humean: to that extent, I like Sider’s position.
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter
Though as an aspiring Humean, I am attracted to the best-system analysis of the notion of a law of nature, it is clear that the discussion above does not need the notion, or this analysis of it.
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter
For instance two extremes of behaviour would be when communities ignore the choices of other communities ppαβ = δαβ or at the other extreme where all communities copy the ‘aspirational’ choice made by a community γ of ‘leaders’ so ppαβ = δβγ .
Randomness and Complexity in Networks