Adjective "aspire" definition and examples

(Aspire may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/əˈspʌɪə/

Definitions and examples

verb

Direct one's hopes or ambitions towards achieving something.
  1. with infinitive 'other people will aspire to be like you'
  2. 'It stirs us to strive for the goal, achieve the target and aspire to something beyond our comfort zone.'
  3. 'The article is inspiring and it is to be hoped that we all aspire to live our lives in this way.'
  4. 'For dancers aspiring to join the troupe, the audition, which is videotaped, generally consists of two parts: dance class and improvisation.'
  5. 'I was talking about people who aspire to have their ideas influence the public debate.'
  6. 'It is the story of four African American girls who aspire to be recording artists.'
  7. 'Certainly from my point of view, I admire their success and aspire to be part of an organisation that could achieve that as well.'
  8. 'After all, who doesn't want their precious daughter to aspire to such heights?'
  9. 'You can always aspire to the mediocre and attain less, or you can aspire to the great and hope that you get somewhere close.'
  10. 'You must mark out your territory as an artist, so that others learn to envy you and aspire to what you are doing.'
  11. 'A street kid who was once sent to a reformatory, he aspired to be a boxer, enlisted in the navy, and did jail time for a minor robbery.'
Rise high; tower.

    More definitions

    1. to long, aim, or seek ambitiously; be eagerly desirous, especially for something great or of high value (usually followed by to, after, or an infinitive): to aspire after literary immortality; to aspire to be a doctor.

    2. Archaic. to rise up; soar; mount; tower.

    More examples(as adjective)

    "people can be aspire."

    Origin

    Late Middle English: from French aspirer or Latin aspirare, from ad- ‘to’ + spirare ‘breathe’.