As*pire" (#), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Aspired (#); p. pr. & vb. n. Aspiring.] [F. aspirer, L. aspirare. See Aspirate, v. t.]

1.

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. Pope.

2.

To rise; to ascend; to tower; to soar.

My own breath still foments the fire, Which flames as high as fancy can aspire. Waller.

 

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As*pire", v. t.

To aspire to; to long for; to try to reach; to mount to.

[Obs.]

That gallant spirit hath aspired the clouds. Shak.

 

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As*pire", n.

Aspiration.

[Obs.]

Chapman.

 

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