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aspire after, aspire to

The verb aspire means to want to have, become or do something. Aspire is normally followed by the preposition to.

  • Many young hockey players aspire to play in the National Hockey League.
  • Do you aspire to riches, fame and fortune?

Less frequently, aspire is followed by the preposition after.

  • The ancient philosopher Plato aspired after Truth.