Definition of aspirant in English:

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aspirant

Pronunciation: /əˈspʌɪər(ə)nt/
Pronunciation: /ˈasp(ɪ)r(ə)nt/

adjective

[attributive]
Having ambitions to achieve something, typically to follow a particular career: an aspirant politician
More example sentences
  • For that reason alone, discrimination against aspirant women programmers is likely to be limited.
  • The warm-ups were an education for me both as an aspirant conductor, and as a researcher.
  • In other words, they represent the texture of the real world, not the rarefied existence of aspirant high achievers.

noun

A person who has ambitions to achieve something: an aspirant to the throne
More example sentences
  • One had expected the new aspirants and candidates to propose these as the main issues that should determine the course of the coming elections.
  • They held an online writing contest, where aspirants had to send in a chapter of a book they are writing.
  • Instead, aspirants compete for the nomination in a primary election, in which party supporters are responsible for the choice.

Origin

Mid 18th century (as a noun): from Latin aspirant- 'aspiring', from the verb aspirare (see aspire).

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