Aspire vs Avid - What's the difference?

aspire | avid |

As a verb aspire

is .

As an adjective avid is

enthusiastic; passionate; longing eagerly; eager; greedy.




  • To hope or dream; especially to hope or work towards a profession or occupation (followed by to as a preposition or infinitive particle ).
  • He aspires to become a successful doctor.
  • * Alexander Pope
  • Aspiring to be angels, men rebel.
  • (obsolete) To aspire to; to long for; to try to reach; to mount to.
  • * Shakespeare
  • That gallant spirit hath aspired the clouds.
  • To rise; to ascend; to tower; to soar.
  • * Waller
  • My own breath still foments the fire, / Which flames as high as fancy can aspire .


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    (en adjective)
  • enthusiastic; passionate; longing eagerly; eager; greedy
  • I'm an avid reader.
  • * 1996 , , Oyster , Virago Press, paperback edition, page 3
  • We waited for something to happen, for anything to happen, we were avid for some event to unfold itself out of the burning nothing to save us.

    Derived terms

    * avidly * avidity