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We move toward a lofty ideal. Times, Sunday Times (2016)It was a lofty ideal, but it has come to fruition sooner than many expected. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Other blue sky thinkers in Palo Alto have similarly lofty ambitions. Times, Sunday Times (2016)He is not the only one with such lofty ambitions. Christianity Today (2000)Failure to reach lofty heights can be forgiven. Times, Sunday Times (2015)The space race is a high and lofty goal worthy of pursuit. Times, Sunday Times (2009)Not for them the lofty ideals of cultural exchange and global understanding. Times, Sunday Times (2012)Further glazed doors provide a view through to a grand and lofty staircase hall. Times, Sunday Times (2006)But this can be a graveyard for visitors with lofty ambition. Times, Sunday Times (2015)And its current trustees want to ensure that future residents live up to its lofty ideals. Times, Sunday Times (2010)Those are the lofty, noble reasons. Times, Sunday Times (2011)To those with ideas that the area is deprived and inaccessible, these might seem lofty ambitions. Times, Sunday Times (2013)It's a lofty ambition but much stranger things have happened at this magical time of year. The Sun (2011)For the moment, lofty ideals make for good business. Times, Sunday Times (2006)These are games Portsmouth should be winning but it was a display to keep their lofty ambitions firmly in check. The Sun (2008)A lofty ambition, a rarefied crowd. Times, Sunday Times (2010)Here in Edinburgh they are seething with jealousy, but adopting a veneer of lofty disdain. Times, Sunday Times (2011)How absurd such horror, such squalor, seemed from this lofty height! Anti-Ice (1993)So, too, will the grand manner and lofty style. Times, Sunday Times (2008)For the time being, Godolphin can only dream of such lofty heights. Times, Sunday Times (2006)Let us hope Spurs' lofty ambitions are not about to disappear in a similarly disgruntled fashion. The Sun (2011)I think he sees his cause with the eyes of love, and such lofty ambitions are mostly wishful thinking. Times, Sunday Times (2006)From the lofty heights of French philosophy, to be engaged in politics is more important than to be right. Times, Sunday Times (2011)DESPITE its lofty ideals, Davos is a phenomenal money maker. Times, Sunday Times (2012)These lofty ideals quickly collapsed in the face of the economic needs of clubs, presidents, players and the demands of fans for success. Calcio: A History of Italian Football (2006)France's top chefs used to dismiss the fast-food industry as an pariah in the world of gastronomy and an insult to their lofty ideals. Times, Sunday Times (2010)
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British English: lofty ADJECTIVE
A lofty ideal or ambition is noble, important, and admirable.
It was a bank that started out with grand ideas and lofty ideals.
Definition of lofty from the Collins English Dictionary
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