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[uh-spahyuh r-uh nt, as-per-uh nt] /əˈspaɪər ənt, ˈæs pər ənt/
a person who aspires, as one who seeks or desires a career, advancement, status, etc.:
The aspirants for foundation grants had yet to prove themselves.
aspiring or yearning for something important or of value.
Origin of aspirant
1730-40; (< F) < Latin aspīrant- (stem of aspīrāns, present participle of aspīrāre). See aspire, -ant
Can be confused
aspirant, aspirin. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for aspirant
  • The aspirant for vocal distinction seeks the housetop on a particularly windy day.
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  • To achieve this status, a swarm-business aspirant must follow three principles.
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  • And it would be normal at this time for us to intensify our work with the aspirant countries.
British Dictionary definitions for aspirant


/ˈæspɪrənt; əˈspaɪərənt/
a person who aspires, as to a high position
aspiring or striving
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Word Origin and History for aspirant

"one who aspires," 1738, from French aspirant, from Latin aspirantem (nominative aspirans), present participle of aspirare (see aspire).

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