aspiring

adjective
aspir·​ing | \ ə-ˈspī-riŋ \

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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The Dutchess pot is the most beautiful option on their menu, in a palette that will excite both experienced and aspiring home cooks. Ella Riley-adams, Vogue, "11 Colorful Home Gift Ideas for the Design Lover Who Has Everything," 16 Nov. 2018 While seasoned entertainers will host ravishing parties with an effortless finesse, the average and aspiring hostess-with-the-mostess will hesitantly take the wheel, and simultaneously brace for impact. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "A Celebrity Event Planner’s Secrets for the Best Holiday Party Ever," 10 Oct. 2018 That is why every aspiring tyrant in modern history has made the independent media his first target. David Roberts, Vox, "The caravan “invasion” and America’s epistemic crisis," 2 Nov. 2018 Its aspiring firms have learned a great deal from serving American customers and working with American firms. The Economist, "Donald Trump insists on trade reciprocity. But what kind?," 12 July 2018 On Saturday, the annual Berkley Street Art Fest will run 11 a.m.-5 p.m. There will be professional and aspiring chalk artists beautifying the sidewalks with their creations, as well as commissioned artists painting new murals on downtown buildings. Bryce Airgood, Detroit Free Press, "Artist with special needs brightens up Berkley with chalk drawings," 12 July 2018 Today, more and more aspiring artists are hungry to break into the music industry. Carl Lamarre, Billboard, "Pusha T, Ella Mai, Jussie Smollett & More Give Aspiring Artists Advice on How to Maintain Their Mental Health," 20 June 2018 Everything an aspiring poet needs to know about craft can be found in a single Ragain stanza. Michael Heaton, cleveland.com, "Half of Steely Dan is better than none: Minister of Culture," 2 May 2018 Everything an aspiring poet needs to know about craft can be found in a single Ragain stanza. Michael Heaton, cleveland.com, "Half of Steely Dan is better than none: Minister of Culture," 2 May 2018

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First Known Use of aspiring

1788, in the meaning defined above

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