aspirant

[uh-spahyuhr-uhnt, as-per-uhnt]
noun
1.
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.
adjective

Origin:
1730–40; (< F) < Latin aspīrant- (stem of aspīrāns, present participle of aspīrāre). See aspire, -ant

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aspirant (ˈæspɪrənt, əˈspaɪərənt)
 
n
1.  a person who aspires, as to a high position
 
adj
2.  aspiring or striving

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aspirant
1738, from Fr. aspirant, from L. aspirantem (nom. aspirans), prp. of aspirare (see aspire).
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Example sentences
The aspirant for vocal distinction seeks the housetop on a particularly windy
  day.
But the best advice for aspirant futurists these days is: think small.
Too few aspirant incubators genuinely possess the skills they claim.
To achieve this status, a swarm-business aspirant must follow three principles.
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