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aspire

as·pire

aspire

 
 
pronunciation:
spaIr
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part of speech: verb
inflections: aspired, aspires, aspiring
definition: to want strongly; have as an aim (usually followed by to or after).
He aspires to power and fame.
synonyms:
aim, long
similar words:
desire, dream, hanker, hope, intend, quest, want, wish
Word Parts
The word aspire contains the following parts:
a-3 Latin prefix that means to, toward
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The prefix a-3 occurs in Latin and Old French loanwords. It is an assimilated form of ad-, which, in Latin loanwords, is used before roots beginning with "s" and another consonant, such as "spect" and "scrib." See ad-.
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