Definition of aspirant noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//əˈspaɪərənt//
; NAmE NAmE//əˈspaɪərənt//
; BrE BrE//ˈæspərənt//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈæspərənt//
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aspirant (to/for something) (formal) a person with a strong desire to achieve a position of importance or to win a competition aspirants to the title of world champion They were asked to select the party candidate from 20 aspirants. There are a handful of other leading aspirants to the title. Word Originmid 18th cent. (as a noun): from Latin aspirant- ‘aspiring’, from the verb aspirare, from ad- ‘to’ + spirare ‘breathe’.

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