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 Sure, there will be some talk about the caucus failure in Iowa and the Senate acquitting Trump, but the candidates will quickly pivot to preach their own aspiring presidential platforms. Terry Collins, Fortune, 7 Feb. 2020 Launched soon after the formation of the WPA in 1935, the FWP provided work for unemployed writers, whether professional or aspiring, competent or otherwise. Scott Borchert, The Atlantic, 22 June 2021 In an era of digital design and 3-D mockups, Studio North is rare, putting hammers and saws in the hands of aspiring architects, who often have no construction experience., 10 June 2021 For the aspiring professional MMA fighter, Garcia has created a golden door to potential fame and glory. Tom Roush, Chron, 2 June 2021 Buy an assortment of seeds, soil, trays, grow lights and heating mats for your aspiring urban farmer. oregonlive, 16 Dec. 2020 Her daughter picked her up and brought her home, where her aspiring-nurse granddaughter took over her care. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, 30 Nov. 2020 Against the flashy backdrop of 1989 Los Angeles, Lorraine plays Anna Bludso, a young aspiring music television personality who is desperate for her big break. Kaitlyn Mcnab, Allure, 23 Oct. 2020 The film, which featured Elle Fanning as an envy-inducing aspiring model, was criticized for graphic, bloody scenes, including sequences depicting cannibalism and necrophilia. Bethonie Butler, Washington Post, 28 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of aspiring

1788, in the meaning defined above

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“Aspiring.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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