aspiring

adjective aspir·ing \ ə-ˈspī-riŋ \
Updated on: 29 Dec 2017

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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1788



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