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aspire (2 not common before the Eliz. period; 3 is Eliz., now obs.)
1. to be ambitious Gent. III. i. 154, R2 V. ii. 9.
2. to rise, mount up Wiv. V. v. 103 “whose flames aspire,” Lucr. 548.
3. to mount up to Rom. III. i. 123 “hath a-'d the clouds.”
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