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 Combined with this whipping up of virulent nativist sentiment has been a headlong plunge into free markets, as Burma lurched from being one of the poorest and most isolated countries in Asia to another aspirant on the capitalist world stage. Jennifer Szalai, New York Times, "‘The Hidden History of Burma’ Traces the Vanishing of Hope," 19 Nov. 2019 Just how deeply major technology companies have fallen out of favor with Democrats was evident Tuesday as 12 of the party’s presidential aspirants took the stage outside of Columbus, Ohio. Washington Post, "Years after Obama used Facebook to help him win the presidency, Silicon Valley is under Democratic fire," 16 Oct. 2019 That’s how California Democrats, gathered for their state party convention in San Francisco this weekend, received two of their 2020 presidential aspirants. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "When Democrats Jeer Democrats," 3 June 2019 For Academy of Science aspirants, Algebra 1 is a minimum requirement. Washington Post, "A Northern Va. high school is accused of admissions bias. Advocates say the problem begins much earlier.," 23 Nov. 2019 And an abundance of entrance test coaching centers ensure that an increasing number of aspirants sit for the test every year. Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, "India’s culture of high-stakes testing needs to be dismantled," 24 Oct. 2019 With Buhari expected to step away from power, an election without his popularity proving a draw for voters is appealing for prospective aspirants. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, "The political calculus for Nigeria’s next presidential elections is kicking off three years early," 3 Oct. 2019 But this is America, where amnesia is a convenient tool of the politically aspirant. Wired, "What We Get Wrong About ‘People of Color’," 26 Nov. 2019 Yet, out on the campaign trail, the Democratic presidential aspirants have been quick to embrace a view of almost unlimited presidential power. Michael Tanner, National Review, "Presidents Gone Wild — with Executive Orders," 23 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective 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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First Known Use of aspirant


1738, in the meaning defined above


1800, in the meaning defined above

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“Aspirant.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 24 January 2020.

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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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a feeling of well-being or elation

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