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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The Democratic presidential aspirants are having a cash-giveaway arms race, coming up with creative ways to shovel public funds into the pockets of likely primary voters. Nr Editors, National Review, "The Week," 11 July 2019 Maybe Act 2 of this continuing story, on Thursday at 9 p.m. Eastern and featuring 10 other aspirants, including former vice president Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, will scare up a little more friction. Peter Marks, Washington Post, "The opening night of Campaign 2020 kind of laid an egg," 27 June 2019 Most female aspirants couldn’t pass the test, so the Marines changed it from a pass/fail requirement to an unscored exercise with no bearing on the candidate’s ultimate evaluation. Heather Mac Donald, WSJ, "Women Don’t Belong in Combat Units," 13 Jan. 2019 Because every single issue that a presidential aspirant could conceivably talk about is, at heart, intertwined with climate change. Adam Rogers, WIRED, "The Debates Will Be About Climate—Disguised as Other Issues," 26 June 2019 The answers the White House aspirants gave were by turns surprising, incisive and even amusing., "‘No one deserves a billion dollars,’ ‘I’m on my bicycle as much as I can’: Guess which presidential candidate said it," 20 June 2019 Experts say voters set a higher bar for female aspirants to executive office — such as president or governor — than in legislative bodies such as Congress. Jess Bidgood,, "Democratic women marched against Trump. Will they replace him with a female president?," 15 June 2019 Ryan gets a spot: U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan of Youngstown will be one of 20 presidential aspirants on stage during the first two Democratic debates later this month in Miami,’s Seth A. Richardson reports. Cliff Pinckard,, "Farmers bemoan constant rain delaying crops: The Wake Up for Friday, June 14, 2019," 14 June 2019 Based on the policy proposals of the Democratic presidential aspirants, such an expansion appears to be the most likely outcome should one of them take the White House. Flaviu Simihaian, Fortune, "Private Insurers Are Afraid of Medicare for All. They Should Be Excited," 5 June 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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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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