Hypertext Webster Gateway: "aspiring"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Aspire \As*pire"\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Aspired}; p. pr. & vb.
n. {Aspiring}.] [F. aspirer, L. aspirare. See {Aspirate}, v.
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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Aspiring \As*pir"ing\, a.
That aspires; as, an Aspiring mind. -- {As*pir"ing*ly}, adv.
-- {As*pir"ing*ness}, n.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj 1: seeking advancement or recognition [syn: {aspirant}, {aspiring(p)},
{wishful}, {would-be(a)}]
2: desiring or striving for recognition or advancement [syn: {aspirant},

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