as·​pi·​rant | \ ˈa-sp(ə-)rənt How to pronounce aspirant (audio) , ə-ˈspī-rənt How to pronounce aspirant (audio) \

Definition of aspirant

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: one who aspires presidential aspirants



Definition of aspirant (Entry 2 of 2)

: seeking to attain a desired position or status the pilot was an aspirant astronaut

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Synonyms & Antonyms for aspirant

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Noun

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Examples of aspirant in a Sentence

Noun a bevy of ever-smiling aspirants for the Miss America title
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The early retirement aspirant recognizes all of this, at least on some level. Katie Mcdonough, The New Republic, "The Long Plot to Escape From Work," 4 Jan. 2021 Patsy Takemoto Mink, Congress’ first woman of color and a 1972 presidential aspirant. Judy Tzu-chun Wu, The Conversation, "Patsy Takemoto Mink blazed the trail for Kamala Harris – not famous white woman Susan B. Anthony," 18 Nov. 2020 Chasten Buttigieg, the husband of one-time presidential aspirant Pete Buttigieg. Stuart Emmrich, Vogue, "Doug Emhoff, the Nation's First ‘Second Gentleman,’ Will Teach at Georgetown Law," 10 Dec. 2020 Harris wasn’t the first Black female vice presidential aspirant in American history. Sharon Austin, The Conversation, "Before Kamala Harris, many Black women aimed for the White House," 9 Nov. 2020 Many of the offseason concerns for this championship aspirant came on that side of the ball. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "In Ohio State football’s 38-25 victory at Penn State, the Buckeyes found new defensive leaders," 1 Nov. 2020 Experience is important both for the aspirant and for the voter. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, "The Question of Experience," 3 Sep. 2020 In the wake of his success, other aspirants from the scene — Smoove L, Fivio Foreign, Sheff G — were beginning to draw wider notice. Jon Caramanica, New York Times, "Remembering Pop Smoke, a Rapper Who Brought Brooklyn to the World," 19 Feb. 2020 For those who would like to support NR’s ongoing efforts to battle resurgent socialism, personified by Bernie Sanders (and so many other presidential aspirants and Democratic officeholders), make your selfless and generous donation here. Frank S. Meyer, National Review, "The Ballot in the Hand," 14 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Biden was the first Democratic White House aspirant to win the state since 1992. Author: John Wagner, Rosalind S. Helderman, Anchorage Daily News, "Missouri senator announces he will contest certification of electoral college vote," 31 Dec. 2020 As top college football players across the country declined to play the 2020 season in order to prepare for the 2021 NFL Draft, Ohio State’s national championship-aspirant unit remained intact. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "Ohio State football All-American Wyatt Davis becomes first Buckeye to opt out of season," 11 Sep. 2020 In the first episode, Logan Roy, the patriarch at the center of the series, is given a watch from Tom, his aspirant son-in-law and business acolyte. Michelle Cheng, Quartz at Work, "Smart gift ideas for busy professionals," 29 Nov. 2019

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1738, in the meaning defined above


1800, in the meaning defined above

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13 Jan 2021

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“Aspirant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of aspirant

formal : a person who tries to become something : a person who aspires to do or to be something

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