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aspire
used in Do You Speak American?

4 uses
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Definition
to hope to be successful — especially in a career
  • It's a matter of one aspiring to be a gentleman, for example, or a gentlewoman.
    one — The Language Wars (77% in)
  • And now one doesn't aspire to that anymore.
    one — The Language Wars (77% in)
  • There is great social mobility, Americans traditionally aspiring to move up the social ladder and adopting, or at least seeing their children adopt, whatever language norms the new level requires.
    one — The Language Wars (91% in)
  • My teacher was insensitive to my black English' is an alibi that black youngsters can use forever to 'explain' why they did not aspire to excellence, and thus never learned to read—or to prepare for a decent life."
    six — Bad-mouthing Black English (54% in)

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