aspir·​ing ə-ˈspī-riŋ How to pronounce aspiring (audio)
: 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 This dryly witty novel centers on Jules, a twenty-eight-year-old aspiring novelist turned study-guide editor living in Brooklyn, and her younger sister, who has just moved in with her. The New Yorker, 1 Apr. 2024 His parents were part of an aspiring class: devoted subjects of the metropole who had worked hard to assimilate and leave behind the island’s history of slavery, certainly not eager to rebel. Gal Beckerman, The Atlantic, 28 Mar. 2024 Even more shameful is the fact that prosecutors are making this practice more common in criminal trials across the country, whether the rapper is a chart-topping superstar as famous as Young Thug or an aspiring unknown posting their music on YouTube. Chris Richards, Washington Post, 27 Mar. 2024 Here was Pichai, a hero to many aspiring entrepreneurs in India, casually describing his morning: waking up, reading newspapers, drinking tea—and eating an omelet. Lauren Goode, WIRED, 21 Mar. 2024 More and more aspiring journalists are learning how important safety is. Jasper Davidoff, The Christian Science Monitor, 14 Mar. 2024 As a young aspiring artist of minimal talent, Adolf Hitler had difficulty drawing human figures, according to the professors who rejected his application to Vienna’s fine arts academy. Miles Klee, Rolling Stone, 23 Feb. 2024 Fittingly, the star — who just depicted an aspiring HGTV host in The Curse! — recently renovated the Westwood residence, according to the listing, held by agent Eric Lavey of Sotheby’s International Realty's Beverly Hills brokerage. Bailey Richards, Peoplemag, 20 Feb. 2024 Surviving Playboy and Finding Myself, Hefner’s widow said that first crossed the threshold as a 21-year-old aspiring model and psychology major, the mansion was rundown, and a little tacky. Abigail Adams, Peoplemag, 10 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1788, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of aspiring was in 1788

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“Aspiring.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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