Meaning of “aspire to sth” in the English Dictionary

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"aspire to sth" in British English

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aspire to sth

phrasal verb with aspire uk /əˈspaɪər/ us /əˈspaɪr/ verb

C2 to have a strong wish or hope to do or have something:

Few people who aspire to fame ever achieve it.
[ + to infinitive ] As a child, he aspired to be a great writer.

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  • She has the kind of lifestyle most of us aspire to.
  • The majority of people don't aspire to greatness - they just want to be normal.
  • From a young age, he aspired to be an Olympic medal winner.
  • He quickly reached standards of musicianship that the rest of us can only aspire to.
  • She's just a young soap opera actress but she aspires to great Hollywood roles.

(Definition of “aspire to sth” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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