- To aspire to to long for to attempt to attain to install to
- To desire with eagerness to seek to realize some thing large or great to pant to long followed closely by to or after and hardly ever by at concerning wish to a crown to aspire after immorality
- have an ambitious program or a lofty objective
- To want with eagerness; to get to attain something high or great; to pant; to long; -- followed by to or shortly after, and hardly ever by inside; because, to wish to a crown; to aspire after immorality.
- to increase; to ascend; to tower; to soar.
- To aspire to; to miss; to try to reach; to mount to.
"focus on," c.1400, from Old French aspirer "aspire to; inspire; inhale, breathe on" (12c.), from Latin aspirare "to inhale upon, strike upon, to breathe," also, in moved senses, "is positive to, assist; to climb up around, to endeavor to acquire, to attain to, to seek to attain; infuse," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + spirare "to breathe" (see spirit (n.)). The idea is of "panting with need," or simply of rising smoke. Associated: Aspired; aspiring.
(v. t.) To desire with eagerness; to get to reach some thing high or great; to pant; to long; -- accompanied by to or immediately following, and hardly ever by inside; because, to wish to a crown; to aspire after immorality.
- (v. t.) To go up; to ascend; to tower; to soar.
- (v. t.) To wish to; to long for; to try to achieve; to attach to.
- (letter.) Aspiration.
After receiving a somewhat imperfect education from a private tutor, he was in 1712 indentured to a writer to the signet in Edinburgh, but an accidental introduction to Sir Hew Dalrymple, then president of the court of session, determined him to aspire to the position of advocate.