as·​pi·​rant | \ ˈas-p(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

applicant, applier, campaigner, candidate, contender, expectant, hopeful, prospect, seeker

Antonyms: Noun


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Examples of aspirant in a Sentence


a bevy of ever-smiling aspirants for the Miss America title

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What started as crank progressive politics is becoming a litmus test for 2020 Democratic presidential aspirants. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Drug Price-Control Threat," 8 Jan. 2019 Is that what the presidential aspirants of 2020 or 2024—from either party—seem to be doing? Bobby Jindal, WSJ, "This Political Fight Will Go Many More Rounds," 1 Aug. 2018 And if any of the aspirants does win the contract, that organization would not inherit UNOS’s software or computer equipment, the guts of a complicated network that sometimes must match donors with faraway recipients in just a few hours. Lenny Bernstein, Washington Post, "Government gives more time to potential bidders for transplant contract," 1 May 2018 Paul Laxalt's memoir told of his youth and rapid rise to political prominence in Nevada, his years as a U.S. senator, Reagan confidante, presidential aspirant and, finally, legal adviser and lobbyist. Fox News, "Paul Laxalt, former GOP Nevada governor and close ally to Reagan, dead at 96," 6 Aug. 2018 Fifteen years later, the tyrant deposed and executed, Iraq's field of candidates is now so varied that voters can choose between thousands of Shia, Sunni and Kurdish aspirants from 87 parties. Jamie Tarabay, CNN, "A hero for defeating ISIS, Iraq's PM still has to woo voters," 10 May 2018 Metrics of likability and sociability for presidential aspirants, on the other hand, appear to be here to stay. Julia Azari, Vox, "Death of a statesman: George H.W. Bush’s legacy," 6 Dec. 2018 Such old-timers as Morbid Angel and Obituary continue to tour, joined by younger aspirants like Hate Storm Annihilation. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Screeching in a Metal Band Takes Lozenges, Tea and a Patient Vocal Coach," 18 May 2018 But Reed has gotten pushback from other members of the politically influential African-American clergy, not necessarily a healthy thing for a mayoral aspirant. Bill Turque, kansascity, "At 18th and Vine, a tiny church tries to stem the flow of alcohol | The Kansas City Star," 4 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of aspirant


1738, in the meaning defined above


1800, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of aspirant was in 1738

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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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