Definition of aspirational in English:



  • Having or characterized by aspirations to achieve social prestige and material success.

    ‘young, aspirational, and independent women’
    • ‘I'm not a complete hypocrite, I've made many changes to my life over the past ten years or so to get closer to my aspirational notions of where I'd be in my mid-30s.’
    • ‘There's probably a copy of the book in every aspirational middle-class home, and equally probably, the last 20 pages remain untouched.’
    • ‘Whenever anyone says he's aristocratic he's always quick to repeat it in his diaries, which strikes me as an incredibly middle-class aspirational trait.’
    • ‘He said: ‘Celebrities are aspirational figures and where they choose to live counts just as much as what they wear, helping to start a trend and raise the profile of an area.’’
    • ‘It is the upmarket aspirational store in Edinburgh, and that is what we are all about.’
    • ‘Many of these were fantasies of aspirational human powers - extensions and enhancements of the self that are best exemplified by super-heros and comic books.’
    • ‘In developing countries like India, it is the wealthier and better-educated who tend to be aspirational; the poor are not yet in a position to aspire to much of anything.’
    • ‘Let's all play a part in ensuring that Scotland delivers the right conditions to nurture the truly modern, vibrant and aspirational country we all want.’
    • ‘Her priority is to maintain an impenetrable veneer of normalcy, of successful, aspirational living while he longs to wake up from the monotony of his existence and start living again.’
    • ‘By the mid-19th century, the beach had become an aspirational destination, aided by Byron and Shelley and aristocratic tourists to the Mediterranean and colonists in the South Seas.’
    • ‘The industry is where it is in the world because of the aspirational nature of single malts.’
    • ‘Americans love the idea of fish: it has all sorts of aspirational associations for them; it's sophisticated, healthy and elegant.’
    • ‘‘They might attract the most aspirational teachers who want to try out different ways of going about things,’ he added.’
    • ‘It is a sobering thought that these young people, who tend to come from hard-working, aspirational backgrounds, could be behaving in ways that fit the worst parody of the old Scotland.’
    • ‘There is an aspirational underclass of runners, researchers, interns, and tea boys all chomping at the bit to get their words and ideas on the screen or the page - always aiming for the top.’
    • ‘I'm thinking about a less aspirational, less narrative model for political and social change than the counterculture's more typically communist posture.’
    • ‘The phrase ‘working class’ is deemed too retro, insufficiently aspirational and altogether laden with too much baggage.’
    • ‘We have delivered a truly aspirational environment for shoppers, and we will back it with great customer service.’
    • ‘It is to do very much with aspirational parents in particular wanting to maximise returns for the children,’ he said.’
    • ‘She said quality should not be sacrificed for quantity and added: ‘Let's be aspirational about these key workers.’’