Definition of aspirational in US English:

aspirational

adjective

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

    ‘young, aspirational, and independent women’
    • ‘It is to do very much with aspirational parents in particular wanting to maximise returns for the children,’ he said.’
    • ‘I'm thinking about a less aspirational, less narrative model for political and social change than the counterculture's more typically communist posture.’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘‘They might attract the most aspirational teachers who want to try out different ways of going about things,’ he added.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Americans love the idea of fish: it has all sorts of aspirational associations for them; it's sophisticated, healthy and elegant.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is the upmarket aspirational store in Edinburgh, and that is what we are all about.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She said quality should not be sacrificed for quantity and added: ‘Let's be aspirational about these key workers.’’
    • ‘There's probably a copy of the book in every aspirational middle-class home, and equally probably, the last 20 pages remain untouched.’
    • ‘The industry is where it is in the world because of the aspirational nature of single malts.’
    • ‘We have delivered a truly aspirational environment for shoppers, and we will back it with great customer service.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The phrase ‘working class’ is deemed too retro, insufficiently aspirational and altogether laden with too much baggage.’
    • ‘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.’

Pronunciation

aspirational

/ˌaspəˈrāSHənl/