would-be

adjective
\ˈwu̇d-ˈbē \

Definition of would-be 

disparaging

: desiring, intending, professing, or having the potential to be a would-be actor

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1647, in the meaning defined above

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would-be

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of would-be

—used to describe someone who hopes to be a particular person or type of person

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