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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.
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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British Dictionary definitions for aspirants


/ˈæspɪrənt; əˈspaɪərənt/
a person who aspires, as to a high position
aspiring or striving
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for aspirants



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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