For an actor to yearn to work on Broadway is an example of aspire.
- to be ambitious (to get or do something, esp. something grand); seek (after)
- Archaic to rise high; tower
Origin of aspireMiddle English aspiren ; from Classical Latin aspirare, to breathe upon, aspire to ; from ad-, to + spirare, to breathe: see spirit
intransitive verbas·pired, as·pir·ing, as·pires
- To have a great ambition or ultimate goal; desire strongly: aspired to be a poet.
- To strive toward an end or condition: aspiring to great knowledge.
- Archaic To rise high; move upwards.
Origin of aspireMiddle English aspiren, from aspirer, from Latin aspīrāre, to desire; see aspirate.
(third-person singular simple present aspires, present participle aspiring, simple past and past participle aspired)
From Old French aspirer.