Definition of aspirant in English:


Pronunciation /ˈaspərənt/ /ˈæspərənt/ /əˈspīrənt/ /əˈspaɪrənt/

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

    ‘an aspirant politician’
    • ‘For that reason alone, discrimination against aspirant women programmers is likely to be limited.’
    • ‘The warm-ups were an education for me both as an aspirant conductor, and as a researcher.’
    • ‘In other words, they represent the texture of the real world, not the rarefied existence of aspirant high achievers.’
    • ‘The company has eight professional dancers, two of them men, with three aspirant dancers in the wings, working very hard to achieve professional status.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Just how sinful that is, is a matter for debate; but the real question is whether among EU aspirant countries, such laws are permissible.’
    • ‘East Dunbartonshire, to the north of Glasgow, is another region where aspirant parents try to send their children to top-performing state schools.’
    • ‘Why not start more coaching colleges for aspirant engineers and doctors!’
    • ‘His advice to aspirant writers is to write exactly what they personally want to write and not to try to spot bandwagons.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘This process, while exhausting, is rewarding, and may produce answers that surprise both aspirant guideline authors and users.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His roots may be privileged ones, but his work ethic is fierce and focused, a powerful example for young and aspirant artists.’
    • ‘The Department clearly recognised and accepted the difficulties that aspirant university colleges would face.’
    • ‘She had to first pass an entry test like all other aspirant lifesavers.’
    • ‘These performances are then showcased at a festival to promote aspirant writers.’
    would-be, intending, aspirant, hopeful, optimistic, budding, wishful


  • A person who has ambitions to achieve something.

    ‘an aspirant to the throne’
    • ‘One had expected the new aspirants and candidates to propose these as the main issues that should determine the course of the coming elections.’
    • ‘They held an online writing contest, where aspirants had to send in a chapter of a book they are writing.’
    • ‘Instead, aspirants compete for the nomination in a primary election, in which party supporters are responsible for the choice.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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, nearly 150 teachers and teaching aspirants have enrolled for the one-month certificate programme.’
    • ‘Still others have tried to include the criterion that presidential aspirants must not be mentally and physically disabled or legally flawed.’
    • ‘Such aspirants had to jump through many legal hoops, involving large amounts of surety money, before acquiring licenses to work in India.’
    • ‘The information handbook for the engineering aspirants will be available at 80 select Indian Bank outlets in Tamil Nadu.’
    • ‘The aspirants lingered around, checked, cross-checked and kept their fingers crossed over the prospects of getting a job.’
    • ‘Many aspirants seem to be adapting to the new climate.’
    • ‘They watched the few primaries then held, but made their own judgments about the talent and electability of the aspirants.’
    • ‘I did not hear the moderator ask both aspirants to detail the rationale for future asset management/disposal strategies.’
    • ‘‘So those who cannot make it should not feel let down,’ he advises the aspirants.’
    • ‘This year, more than ever before, France's crop of presidential aspirants offers something for just about everybody.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Since the start of the year, 80 companies have taken the plunge to swim alongside similar aspirants on the so-called junior market.’
    • ‘As the first step, the aspirants were invited to call a number and leave a one-minute commentary piece on an imaginary situation.’
    • ‘From 4,000 plus, the number of aspirants was trimmed to a little over 1,500.’
    • ‘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


Mid 18th century (as a noun): from Latin aspirant- ‘aspiring’, from the verb aspirare (see aspire).