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 If young people ruled, Bernie Sanders would be leading all Democratic White House aspirants in Texas. Arnessa Garrett, Dallas News, "Biden’s lead among Texas voters grows, Iowa caucus snafu, impeachment trial winds down, Ellis becomes sanctuary ‘county’ for unborn," 4 Feb. 2020 In all, a mind-boggling 17 would-be White House aspirants have suspended or ended their campaigns. Mike Hofman, Fortune, "Why so many 2020 presidential contenders are running for the exit early," 22 Jan. 2020 The 26-year-old actress and Towson University graduate is as proudly American as the next young, talented aspirant. Peter Marks, Washington Post, "Shereen Ahmed dreamed of playing Eliza Doolittle, not Princess Jasmine. Her wish came true.," 21 Dec. 2019 Some higher-profile aspirants, including New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand or former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke, weren’t able to stick it out, after months of poor polling and lackluster fundraising. Nicholas Riccardi, The Denver Post, "Still a chance? Michael Bennet, 2020 longshots insist race is up for grabs," 11 Nov. 2019 Despite a field of more than 20 aspirants, the Democratic race shows Biden, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, and Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts forming the top tier of candidates. Scott Clement,, "Poll shows Biden maintaining lead in Democratic race," 8 Sep. 2019 One big question facing candidates and voters more than 30 years later is whether President Donald Trump’s routine falsehoods have changed the standards by which other presidential aspirants, including Biden, should be judged. Author: Matt Viser, Greg Jaffe, Anchorage Daily News, "As he campaigns for president, Joe Biden tells a moving but false war story," 29 Aug. 2019 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 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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1738, in the meaning defined above


1800, in the meaning defined above

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14 Feb 2020

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“Aspirant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 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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