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
If the aspirants appear unready, their spiritual father will urge them to go
  back.
But it also forms a perfect stadium for aspirants looking for a glimpse of some
  of the world's biggest rides.
Once this happens a few times there will be fewer tiger hunting aspirants.
Second, the vast growth in college graduates has created an applicant pool that
  allows employers to exclude non-college aspirants.
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