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

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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There was, in that serenely contained antagonism of hers, something distinctly glamorous—no small advantage, and a rare one for an aspirant to high office. Dorothy Rabinowitz, WSJ, "Kamala Harris’s Debate Victory Proves Pyrrhic," 10 July 2019 The brief lull in the primary campaign came as nearly the entire field descended on Northern Iowa on Friday night for the Wing Ding dinner, an annual event that has long served as an early testing ground for Democratic presidential aspirants. New York Times, "At Iowa’s Wing Ding Dinner, Democrats Assail G.O.P. on Gun Control," 9 Aug. 2019 The Democratic presidential aspirants received the injurious compliment of being taken seriously in their aspirations, which are characterized by a disqualifying flippancy. George Will, National Review, "The Democrats and the 1919 World Series," 1 Aug. 2019 Senator Bernie Sanders and several other White House aspirants support taxing capital gains and dividends the same as income from work. Laura Davison, Fortune, "Capital Gains: The Tax Biden Wants to Double and Trump Would Slash," 29 July 2019 Now, at least half a dozen aspirants are sizing up their chances in the April 28 Democratic primary. Ian Duncan,, "These potential Baltimore mayoral candidates are sizing up their chances behind the scenes," 26 July 2019 One of the more prominent examples is former vice president and 2019 presidential aspirant Atiku Abubakar who has long struggled to shake off talk of being subjected to visa restrictions by the United States over bribery scandals. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, "The Trump administration’s latest visa clampdown on Nigeria is targeting high-powered politicians," 25 July 2019 Young aspirant writers are working on novels but can’t produce comprehensible, error-free sentences. Lionel Shriver, Harper's magazine, "Semantic Drift," 22 July 2019 There’s no significant musical dialogue between Sheeran’s aspirant soft-pop mewls and Young Thug’s yelps, or Cardi B’s rasps, or Ella Mai’s purrs. Chris Richards, Washington Post, "This new Ed Sheeran album sounds like a hostage situation," 16 July 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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