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[uh-spahyuh r-uh nt, as-per-uh nt] /əˈspaɪər ənt, ˈæs pər ənt/
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.
aspiring or yearning for something important or of value.
Origin of aspirant
1730-40; (< F) < Latin aspīrant- (stem of aspīrāns, present participle of aspīrāre). See aspire, -ant
Can be confused
aspirant, aspirin. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • How is the aspirant thirsting for knowledge to signify to them his wish for instruction?

    Clairvoyance Charles Webster Leadbeater
  • Many times the aspirant will remark, "I swear I didn't make it move!"

  • It was the aspirant he had drunk beer with weeks ago at Brocourt.

    One Man's Initiation--1917 John Dos Passos
  • But this was merely the probation of the "novice," as the aspirant was termed.

    Kosciuszko Monica Mary Gardner
  • Yet this man is the only Thinker, the only aspirant, amongst them all.

    Zanoni Edward Bulwer Lytton
  • Every aspirant for membership must seek first the Kingdom of God.

  • It was manifest to the aspirant that the first flash of the thing was painful to the father.

    The Prime Minister

    Anthony Trollope
  • There was never yet an aspirant who was unable to find a teacher.

    Spirit and Music H. Ernest Hunt
British Dictionary definitions for aspirant


/ˈæspɪrənt; əˈspaɪərənt/
a person who aspires, as to a high position
aspiring or striving
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for aspirant

"one who aspires," 1738, from French aspirant, from Latin aspirantem (nominative aspirans), present participle of aspirare (see aspire).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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