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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Back then, the aspiring paleontologist took part in an expedition with Zumi Paleontological Project leader Doug Wolfe and James Kirkland, now of the Utah Geological Survey. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "New Tiny T-Rex Cousin Discovered," 6 May 2019 As an aspiring film maker, h has been able to shadow veteran director Ken Olin and be a part of the discussions happening in Dan Fogelman's writers' room. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Logan Shroyer Has High Hopes for Kevin Going Into 'This Is Us' Season 4," 2 Apr. 2019 Though how many aspiring stage professionals will be able to afford Broadway's escalating ticket prices remains an open question. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "The 72nd Annual Tony Awards: TV Review," 11 June 2018 Compared to her aspiring actress sister, Olivia seems more interested in playing herself. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "How Lori Loughlin and Her Husband Mossimo Giannulli Became Involved in the College Admissions Scandal," 13 Mar. 2019 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

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First Known Use of aspiring

1788, in the meaning defined above

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