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

Examples of aspiring in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Congress should allow committed and talented aspiring nurses the chance to help build a stronger post-pandemic America. Marcella Bombardieri And Marina Zhavoronkova, CNN, 20 July 2022 Starring Bayer as an aspiring host for the fictional home shopping network SVN, the show is set within the comically cutthroat SVN offices run by a commanding and terrifying Patricia Cochran (Jenifer Lewis). Tyler Coates, The Hollywood Reporter, 20 June 2022 The legendary singer, dancer, and songwriter spent years on the stage performing for her fans, then later at the American Idol Judges’ table helping to make aspiring stars’ dreams come true. Essence, 19 May 2022 Moss plays Kirby Mazrachi, a research assistant and aspiring reporter at the Chicago Sun-Times. Danielle Directo-meston, The Hollywood Reporter, 29 Apr. 2022 Finally, by 1921, Wynne had had enough, handing over the reins to Margaret Petherbridge, an aspiring reporter who was languishing as secretary to the paper’s Sunday editor. Jackie Mansky, Smithsonian Magazine, 4 Apr. 2022 Bill Hader as a Marine veteran turned hitman turned aspiring actor. Los Angeles Times, 24 Apr. 2022 Bill Hader as a Marine veteran turned hitman turned aspiring actor. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 24 Apr. 2022 Stephen Ure stars as their less-than-welcoming host, and Mia Goth plays dual roles as an aspiring starlet named Maxine and Pearl, the elderly woman who develops a strange fixation with her. Jen Yamato, Los Angeles Times, 14 Mar. 2022 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'aspiring.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of aspiring

1788, in the meaning defined above

Learn More About aspiring

Time Traveler for aspiring

Time Traveler

The first known use of aspiring was in 1788

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near aspiring

aspirin

aspiring

Aspis

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for aspiring

Last Updated

2 Aug 2022

Cite this Entry

“Aspiring.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aspiring. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on aspiring

Nglish: Translation of aspiring for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of aspiring for Arabic Speakers

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Challenging Words You Should Know

  • hedgehog reading a book
  • Often used to describe “the march of time,” what does inexorable mean?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!