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She could not aspire to be one of them, but she could be loyal, she could "stick up" for them.

Man cannot aspire if he look down; if he will rise, he must look up.

Why should you aspire to pluck the flower which has grown up amongst us?

We aspire to the top to look for Rest; it lies at the bottom.

Pride and ambition had led him to aspire to the crown which was settled on Shaddai's Son.

Henry, why do you not aspire to so distinguished a relationship?

The simplest words,—we do not know what they mean except when we love and aspire.

We have had our opportunity and do not aspire to be more than men: we have received our 'wages and are going home.'

A man of his stamp could carry off anything, do anything, aspire to anything.

But Nostromo does not aspire to be a leader in a personal game.

WORD ORIGIN

"to strive for," c.1400, from Old French aspirer "aspire to; inspire; breathe, breathe on" (12c.), from Latin aspirare "to breathe upon, to breathe," also, in transferred senses, "to be favorable to, assist; to climb up to, to endeavor to obtain, to reach to, to seek to reach; infuse," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + spirare "to breathe" (see spirit (n.)). The notion is of "panting with desire," or perhaps of rising smoke. Related: Aspired; aspiring.

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