Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

aspire (to)

aspirationaspireaspire to
Meaning(s)
1) intend to, dream about, aim for
  • How to MemorizePopularity MediumProfessional MediumSocial
    • aspire to be successful, an aspiring artist/writer/actor
  • Analysis
    To 'aspire to' something means to direct your energy towards achieving something. It is a verb similar in meaning to 'wish' for something. You might aspire to own a big house for example or to become an executive of a company one day. You will hear this used in social situations: "I aspire to own my own home by the age of 35"; or in professional situations: "We aspire to dominate the board-games market."
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. You should always aspire to be the best you can be in life.
    2. I'm an aspiring novelist, but until I get my big break, I'll keep on working.
    3. Throughout his entire life, he aspired to beat the world record for the greatest number of cookies eaten in one hour.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. No matter what I do with my life, I always aspire to greater things.
    2. So, tell me...if you get this job, what do you aspire to achieve in your first 6 months?
    3. I turned down the promotion my boss offered me without a second thought. I've just never harboured any managerial or leadership aspirations of any kind.
    4. Jenny saved and worked tirelessly to fulfill her lifelong aspiration of running her own business. She didn't let anything stand in her way.
    5. Peter strongly believes that a boss should understand the aspirations of his employees in order to better motivate and utilize them within a company
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