AskDefine | Define aspire

Dictionary Definition

aspire v : have an ambitious plan or a lofty goal [syn: draw a bead on, aim, shoot for]

User Contributed Dictionary



From aspirer.


  • a RP /əˈspaiə/
  • a US /əˈspaiɚ/


  1. 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 doctor, someday.

Related terms



  1. Form of First-person singular present subjunctive, aspirer
  2. Form of Third-person singular present subjunctive, aspirer
  3. Form of Second-person singular imperative, aspirer

Extensive Definition

Aspire can refer to:
aspire in German: Aspire
aspire in French: Aspire
aspire in Japanese: アスパイア

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

aim, aim at, aim high, aspire after, aspire to, bank on, be after, be ambitious, become airborne, claw skyward, confide, count on, covet, crave, crave after, crawl after, design, desire, destine, determine, dream of, drive at, expect, feel confident, float, fly, fly aloft, gain altitude, go for, hang, hanker after, harbor a design, harbor the hope, have every intention, hope, hope against hope, hope and pray, hope for, hope in, hope to God, hover, hunger after, intend, kite, lean upon, leave the ground, live in hopes, long, lust after, mean, nurture the hope, pant, pant after, plan, plane, poise, presume, project, propose, purport, purpose, rely on, resolve, rest assured, run mad after, seek, soar, spire, take off, think, thirst after, trust, try to reach, wish, yearn, zoom
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