Definition of aspirant in US English:



  • attributive (of a person) having ambitions to achieve something, typically to follow a particular career.

    ‘an aspirant politician’
    • ‘‘You have a more literate, educated and aspirant population in the working class and they are naturally moving towards either middle-market tabloids or broadsheets,’ he says.’
    • ‘Lavish profiles of diligent and precocious students - aspirant astronomers, nuclear physicists and even theologians- and their proud parents adorn the newspapers.’
    • ‘In other words, they represent the texture of the real world, not the rarefied existence of aspirant high achievers.’
    • ‘The warm-ups were an education for me both as an aspirant conductor, and as a researcher.’
    • ‘By obliging aspirant doctors to take two university degrees, the state would effectively ensure that a medical career is open only to the sons and daughters of the wealthy.’
    • ‘‘This is part of a long dream and an indication to many aspirant youths that coming from the shacks does not mean that one is doomed,’ he said.’
    • ‘She had to first pass an entry test like all other aspirant lifesavers.’
    • ‘East Dunbartonshire, to the north of Glasgow, is another region where aspirant parents try to send their children to top-performing state schools.’
    • ‘This process, while exhausting, is rewarding, and may produce answers that surprise both aspirant guideline authors and users.’
    • ‘These performances are then showcased at a festival to promote aspirant writers.’
    • ‘Other chapters, conversely, are likely to be concluded or closed only at the last minute since they touch upon core vested interests of current and aspirant member states.’
    • ‘Just how sinful that is, is a matter for debate; but the real question is whether among EU aspirant countries, such laws are permissible.’
    • ‘The company has eight professional dancers, two of them men, with three aspirant dancers in the wings, working very hard to achieve professional status.’
    • ‘The Department clearly recognised and accepted the difficulties that aspirant university colleges would face.’
    • ‘It is, of course, a convergence powerfully helped by the fact that accession to the European Union requires aspirant states to adhere to the principles of the free movement of capital, services and goods.’
    • ‘His advice to aspirant writers is to write exactly what they personally want to write and not to try to spot bandwagons.’
    • ‘For that reason alone, discrimination against aspirant women programmers is likely to be limited.’
    • ‘Why not start more coaching colleges for aspirant engineers and doctors!’
    • ‘The creation of these late orders of chivalry proliferated in European nations in the 19th century and was emulated by emergent aspirant nations in their spheres of influence.’
    • ‘His roots may be privileged ones, but his work ethic is fierce and focused, a powerful example for young and aspirant artists.’
    would-be, intending, hopeful, optimistic, budding, wishful
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  • A person who has ambitions to achieve something.

    ‘an aspirant to the throne’
    • ‘As the first step, the aspirants were invited to call a number and leave a one-minute commentary piece on an imaginary situation.’
    • ‘They watched the few primaries then held, but made their own judgments about the talent and electability of the aspirants.’
    • ‘The information handbook for the engineering aspirants will be available at 80 select Indian Bank outlets in Tamil Nadu.’
    • ‘Many aspirants seem to be adapting to the new climate.’
    • ‘From 4,000 plus, the number of aspirants was trimmed to a little over 1,500.’
    • ‘In reviewing the performance of councillors, there is also need for a second look at the qualifications for aspirants to local government office.’
    • ‘This year, more than ever before, France's crop of presidential aspirants offers something for just about everybody.’
    • ‘Still others have tried to include the criterion that presidential aspirants must not be mentally and physically disabled or legally flawed.’
    • ‘‘So those who cannot make it should not feel let down,’ he advises the aspirants.’
    • ‘Since the start of the year, 80 companies have taken the plunge to swim alongside similar aspirants on the so-called junior market.’
    • ‘Such aspirants had to jump through many legal hoops, involving large amounts of surety money, before acquiring licenses to work in India.’
    • ‘She's on a mission in south India to woo young aspirants to join one of the world's most advanced commercial airlines training academy.’
    • ‘They held an online writing contest, where aspirants had to send in a chapter of a book they are writing.’
    • ‘One had expected the new aspirants and candidates to propose these as the main issues that should determine the course of the coming elections.’
    • ‘This year, nearly 150 teachers and teaching aspirants have enrolled for the one-month certificate programme.’
    • ‘The aspirants lingered around, checked, cross-checked and kept their fingers crossed over the prospects of getting a job.’
    • ‘Seminaries that are now empty of aspirants to the priesthood are filled by men and women choosing to study theology, anxious to serve their communities.’
    • ‘Instead, aspirants compete for the nomination in a primary election, in which party supporters are responsible for the choice.’
    • ‘I did not hear the moderator ask both aspirants to detail the rationale for future asset management/disposal strategies.’
    • ‘In some cases, however, an expert became well enough known that aspirants came from far and wide to his house to study.’
    candidate, interviewee, competitor, contestant, contender, entrant
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Mid 18th century (as a noun): from Latin aspirant- ‘aspiring’, from the verb aspirare (see aspire).