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

Definition of aspirant

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

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 Another future mayoral aspirant: Congressman Harold Washington. Ron Grossman, Chicago Tribune, 21 Apr. 2022 An aspirant also asks donors for their prayers and keeps them up-to-date on the progress of their vocation. WSJ, 26 Mar. 2022 Every other major party aspirant to statewide office in Georgia will face a party primary on May 25. Jeff Amy, ajc, 12 Mar. 2022 To fashion a stronger link between the two of them then, between the most famous and admired athlete in the world and a seventeen-year-old aspirant, would have been absurd. Los Angeles Times, 20 Feb. 2022 At stake for the euro aspirant is 6.3 billion euros of assistance that’s becoming ever-more crucial for its economy as deaths -- already the EU’s highest per capita -- begin to tick up., 10 Sep. 2021 Garner will play Evie, a successful movie producer reconsidering her life choices following a breakup, while Williams will play Sackson, a confident influencer aspirant knowledgeable on all things internet but a bit clueless about life. Jessica Wang,, 31 Jan. 2022 To the novelist and political aspirant, the events in Guatemala hold an undeniable interest, and the historical record supplies a detailed plotline. Jonathan Blitzer, The New Yorker, 24 Nov. 2021 The Yankees, after beating Cy Young aspirant Robbie Ray, are now two games clear of the Red Sox and Seattle., 1 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective For months, critics—most prominent among them, the Harvard professor and sometime aspirant for Powell’s job, Larry Summers—have been slamming the Fed for not responding quickly enough to rising prices. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, 17 Mar. 2022 How can anyone have known that Berlusconi was not just a media magnate looking for acclaim, but an aspirant politician using soccer as a vehicle? New York Times, 4 Mar. 2022 That’s a vast improvement that will delight aspirant new MacBook Pro owners. Mark Vena, Forbes, 11 Nov. 2021 But at Greys Court a maze walker—or aspirant, to use the technical term—encounters a junction within seconds and has to make a choice. Nicola Twilley, The New Yorker, 22 Nov. 2021 McCoy, 37, clearly relishes these muddy agronomic investigations after years spent studying viticulture in the abstract as an aspirant sommelier. Lucy Alexander, Robb Report, 28 Aug. 2021 Georgia became the latest playoff aspirant to have its morning spoiled by Hartline and and the rest of the OSU recruiting apparatus. Nathan Baird, cleveland, 5 July 2021 Flipping over to the investment side of the coin, a second workshop - hosted by McLintock and Sibony - will provide expert advice to aspirant investors on how to assess pitches. Trevor Clawson, Forbes, 23 June 2021 Then Nikki Haley, the former South Carolina governor who served as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations under Trump, became the first 2024 GOP aspirant to distance herself from her onetime boss. W. James Antle Iii, Washington Examiner, 18 Feb. 2021 See More

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1738, in the meaning defined above


1800, in the meaning defined above

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“Aspirant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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