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Aspire, 1) followed by to == to desire ambitiously: “a. to guide the heavenly car,” Gentl. III, 1, 154. “to a. unto the crown,” H6C I, 1, 53. “that smile we would a. to,” H8 III, 2, 368. “--d to Solon's happiness,” Tit. I, 177.
2) absolutely, == to rise, to tower; of flames: “love is a spirit all compact of fire, not gross to sink, but light, and will a.” Ven. 150. “the lightless fire which, in pale embers hid, lurks to a.” Lucr. 5. “whose flames a. as thoughts do blow them,” Wiv. V, 5, 101. “the --ing flame of golden sovereignty,” R3 IV, 4, 328. Of mountains: “a cloud in his dim mist the --ing mountains hiding,” Lucr. 548. “digs hills because they do a.” Per. I, 4, 5. Aspiring == ambitious: “the --ing French,” H6A V, 4, 99. “Eleanor's --ing humour,” H6B I, 2, 97. John V, 1, 56. R2 V, 2, 9. H6C V, 6, 61.
3) transitively == to ascend, to mount to: “that gallant spirit hath --d the clouds,” Rom. III, 1, 122.
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