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aspire (verb) desire and try for something important; try to achieve.
When a person strongly desires something important and tries hard to achieve it, they aspire to it, or they aspire to get it. When you aspire to be the head of an organization and try hard for it, you aspire to it. When you aspire to a career in business management, your desire and attempts are to become a good manager.
- It is clear that Mary is aspiring to be the next secretary, though she hasn't told many about it yet.
- As Jude aspires to a career of excellence in sports, he has set his eyes on the Olympics, and is training very hard.