Definitions

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  • adj. hoping to become
  • v. Present participle of aspire.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. That aspires.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Animated with an ardent desire, as of power, importance, or excellence; ambitious; soaring: as, “aspiring nobles,” Macaulay, Hist. Eng., i.
  • Rising; towering or soaring.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. desiring or striving for recognition or advancement

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Examples

  • Def Jam was the label aspiring rappers grew up listening to, and Simmons was the original hip-hop entrepreneur, its Henry Ford.

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  • As readers know, I am hugely enthusiastic about the stocks of what I call aspiring nations.

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  • Keats was not alone in aspiring to be a kind of Shakespeare après la lettre.

    Subjecticity (On Kant and the Texture of Romanticism)

  • An accrediting group last year stripped the hospital of its ability to train aspiring surgeons and radiologists and recommended closing the neonatology training program.

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  • But how is it possible to be harsh and not sanguinary, in aspiring to become the Leader of a Revolutionary

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  • But how is it possible to be harsh and not sanguinary, in aspiring to become the

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  • White House crashers called aspiring reality show stars

    CNN.com

  • The other creature showed himself of a low character, and, when defeated in aspiring to the throne, pretended to have conscientious scruples about prostrating himself before the Caliph; wouldn’t call him Commander of the Faithful; spoke of him slightingly and inconsistently as a mere “chap;” said he, the other creature, “wouldn’t play” – Play!

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  • "We have a very interesting composition of the Security Council right now," U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice said Monday, referring to aspiring permanent members India, South Africa and Brazil.

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  • Those whom we variously call the aspiring classes, the coping classes, the middle classes.

    Archive 2009-05-01

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