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Word: aspire

Definition: seek to attain (position or status); long for; Ex. aspire to become president; Ex. aspire to/after the leadership


Sentences Containing 'aspire'

This match, to which you have the presumption to aspire, can never take place.
This is about as much as the college bred generally do or aspire to do, and they take an English paper for the purpose.
I aspire to be acquainted with wiser men than this our Concord soil has produced, whose names are hardly known here.
`And what have you done to aspire to this honor?'
``I think I may aspire to that honor,''said Danglars with a smile, which reminded Monte Cristo of the sickly moons which bad artists are so fond of daubing into their pictures of ruins.
Such a person, too, though he cannot aspire at being a proprietor, will often disdain to be a farmer.
Whatsoever thou doest hereafter aspire unto, thou mayest even now enjoy and possess, if thou doest not envy thyself thine own happiness.
It is certain that, while we aspire to the magnanimous firmness of the philosophic sage, and endeavour to confine our pleasures altogether within our own minds, we may, at last, render our philosophy like that of Epictetus, and other _Stoics_, only a more refined system of selfishness, and reason ourselves out of all virtue as well as social enjoyment.
Little Em'ly consenting, and allowing me to kiss her, I became desperate; informing her, I recollect, that I never could love another, and that I was prepared to shed the blood of anybody who should aspire to her affections.
This fact, my dear sir, combined with the distinguished elevation to which your talents have raised you, deters me from presuming to aspire to the liberty of addressing the companion of my youth, by the familiar appellation of Copperfield!
But when his eyes passed on to Agnes, and I saw the rage with which he felt his power over her slipping away, and the exhibition, in their disappointment, of the odious passions that had led him to aspire to one whose virtues he could never appreciate or care for, I was shocked by the mere thought of her having lived, an hour, within sight of such a man.
I will not say, at present, might he aspire to be Governor, or anything of that sort; but would there be a reasonable opening for his talents to develop themselves--that would be amply sufficient--and find their own expansion?'
The inhabitants of Port Middlebay may at least aspire to watch it, with delight, with entertainment, with instruction!

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