aspiring

adjective
aspir·​ing | \ ə-ˈspī-riŋ How to pronounce aspiring (audio) \

Definition of aspiring

: desiring and working to achieve a particular goal : having aspirations to attain a specified profession, position, etc. an aspiring actor [=a person who aspires to be and is trying to become an actor] an aspiring novelist

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Examples of aspiring in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Nearly two years later, Baskin received a similar warning from a woman named Ashley Webster, an aspiring wildlife biologist from Colorado who had just started working at Joe’s park. Rachel Nuwer, Longreads, "The Strange and Dangerous World of America’s Big Cat People," 10 Mar. 2020 Loosely based on a 2012 memoir that Deborah Feldman published just a few years after the aspiring writer took her young son and left both her husband and Brooklyn’s isolated Satmar community, the miniseries recasts its hero as a would-be musician. Judy Berman, Time, "Netflix's Unorthodox Tells the Riveting Tale of One Woman's Flight From Hasidic Brooklyn," 24 Mar. 2020 The steed of choice for an aspiring adventurer isn't a horse but rather an Econoline van with a sick unicorn painted on its sides. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Onward film review: Pixar rolls a 20, nails homage to D&D-styled adventure," 6 Mar. 2020 The steed of choice for an aspiring adventurer isn't a horse but rather an Econoline van with a sick unicorn painted on its sides. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Onward film review: Pixar rolls a 20, nails homage to D&D-styled adventure," 6 Mar. 2020 The Main Event After discovering a magical mask, an 11-year-old aspiring wrestler enters a competition to become the next WWE superstar. Ben Flanagan | Bflanagan@al.com, al, "New on Netflix: April 2020," 1 Apr. 2020 Linked to 2017 Louisville signee Brian Bowen II, Dawkins, the former aspiring agent who was convicted of wire fraud and other charges in the FBI's investigation into college basketball recruiting, had plenty to say. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "Christian Dawkins shares his story in 'The Scheme.' Here's what he says about Louisville," 1 Apr. 2020 The steed of choice for an aspiring adventurer isn't a horse but rather an Econoline van with a sick unicorn painted on its sides. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Onward film review: Pixar rolls a 20, nails homage to D&D-styled adventure," 6 Mar. 2020 The steed of choice for an aspiring adventurer isn't a horse but rather an Econoline van with a sick unicorn painted on its sides. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Onward film review: Pixar rolls a 20, nails homage to D&D-styled adventure," 21 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of aspiring

1788, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of aspiring was in 1788

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13 Aug 2020

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“Aspiring.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aspiring. Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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