aspiring (not comparable)

  1. Hoping to become.
    Aspiring pop stars lined up for hours just to audition.
    Synonyms: ambitious, wannabe, would-be
    • 1910, Emma Goldman, “Anarchism” in Anarchism, and Other Essays, New York: Mother Earth Publishing Association, p. 70,[1]
      Time and time again the people were foolish enough to trust, believe, and support with their last farthing aspiring politicians, only to find themselves betrayed and cheated.
    • 2018, Tsitsi Dangarembga, This Mournable Body, Minneapolis: Graywolf Press, Chapter 16,[2]
      Here three aspiring young seamstresses—diplomas in dressmaking from the People’s College of Zimbabwe hung on the wall—bicker and scowl at each other.



  1. present participle of aspire

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aspiring (plural aspirings)

  1. (archaic) Aspiration.
    • 1661, Joseph Glanvill, The Vanity of Dogmatizing, London: Henry Eversden, Chapter 22, pp. 214-215,[3]
      [] if we contemplate a vegetable in its material principle, and look on it as made of earth; we must have the true Theory of the nature of that Element, or we miserably fail of our Scientifical aspirings,
    • 1750, Samuel Johnson, The Rambler, No. 44, 18 August, 1750, in Volume 2, London: J. Payne and J. Bouquet, 1752, pp. 83-84,[4]
      [] to the aspirings of unassuming trust, and filial confidence, are set no bounds.
    • 1818, Percy Bysshe Shelley, The Revolt of Islam, London: C. and J. Ollier, Canto 4, stanza 12, p. 81,[5]
      From whatsoe’er my wakened thoughts create
      Out of the hopes of thine aspirings bold,
      Have I collected language to unfold
      Truth to my countrymen;