• WordNet 3.6
    • adj aspirant desiring or striving for recognition or advancement
    • n aspirant an ambitious and aspiring young person "a lofty aspirant","two executive hopefuls joined the firm","the audience was full of Madonna wannabes"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Aspirant Aspiring.
    • n Aspirant One who aspires; one who eagerly seeks some high position or object of attainment. "In consequence of the resignations . . . the way to greatness was left clear to a new set of aspirants ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n aspirant One who aspires; one who seeks advancement, elevation, or preference.
    • aspirant Aspiring; ambitious: as, “our aspirant souls,” Mrs. Browning.
    • aspirant Ascending; mounting up: as, aspirant flames.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Aspirant as-pīr′ant or as′pir-ant one who aspires (with after, for): a candidate
    • adj Aspirant ambitious: mounting up (rare in both senses)
    • n Aspirant as-pīr′ant or as′pir-ant, one who aspires (with after, for): a candidate
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  • Robert Browning
    “What I aspired to be and was not, comforts me.”
  • Marcus T. Cicero
    “When you are aspiring to the highest place, it is honorable to reach the second or even the third rank.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “While man's desires and aspirations stir he cannot choose but err.”
  • Henry David Thoreau
    “If a man constantly aspires is he not elevated?”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “Every other author may aspire to praise; the lexicographer can only hope to escape reproach, and even this negative recompense has been yet granted to very few.”
  • Elle Macpherson
    Elle Macpherson
    “I wanted so badly to study ballet, but it was really all about wearing the tutu. [On the subject of her early aspirations]”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. aspirant, p. pr. of aspirer,. See Aspire
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
See Aspire.


In literature:

The other was the aspiration to purify the nation, by removing the wrong of slavery.
"The Negro and the Nation" by George S. Merriam
I only aspire, then, to deal with these four forms which I have already suggested.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
Where were the ideals of his youth, the lofty aspirations that had upborne him then?
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1905 to 1906" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Alas for every hope and aspiration!
"The International Monthly, Volume 2, No. 4, March, 1851" by Various
In this refusal there may have been a trace of aspiration.
"The Job" by Sinclair Lewis
Campbell, give thy talents scope: Who dare aspire, if thou must cease to hope?
"My Recollections of Lord Byron" by Teresa Guiccioli
The Vicomtesse was both proud and avaricious, and her nature rebelled at the smallest check to her secret aspirations.
"The Son of Monte Christo" by Jules Lermina
Telemachus the aspiring youth, is trying to recover his patrimony, which is of two kinds, physical and spiritual.
"Homer's Odyssey" by Denton J. Snider
The aspirate is rarely misplaced, unless by a recent immigrant.
"The Quarterly Review, Volume 162, No. 324, April, 1886" by Various
In you, spirituality is a sort of cruel aspiration toward personal perfection.
"The Jessica Letters: An Editor's Romance" by Paul Elmer More
Except we aspire to the higher world that world will come no nearer to us.
"Second Sight" by Sepharial
Jackson afterward took his revenge by defeating Calhoun's aspirations to the Presidency through Van Buren.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
Flimsy silks make as rich a rustle to her ear as the stateliest brocade, and cotton-velvet delights the soul that cannot aspire to Genoa.
"Modern Women and What is Said of Them" by Anonymous
As he aspires but has to concentrate, so does Nature aspire but has to concentrate.
"The Heart of Nature" by Francis Younghusband
In all probability, if you love dancing and aspire to make it a career, you possess an innate sense of rhythm.
"The Art of Stage Dancing" by Ned Wayburn
There was as yet no large class which at once had political aspirations and was unable to gain a hearing.
"The English Utilitarians, Volume I." by Leslie Stephen
Aspirate some of the inoculated media into capillary pipettes.
"The Elements of Bacteriological Technique" by John William Henry Eyre
Manhood is built quite as much by learning to avoid evil as by cultivating the aspiration for the good.
"Child and Country" by Will Levington Comfort
The laborer of to-day aspires to share in the highest blessings of civilisation.
"Flowers of Freethought" by George W. Foote
They are Gods of half-rejected tradition, of unconscious make-believe, of aspiration.
"Five Stages of Greek Religion" by Gilbert Murray

In poetry:

Ceaseless aspiring,
Ceaseless content,
Darkness or sunshine
Thy element;—
"The Fountain" by James Russell Lowell
How can I aspire
to such a high mountain?
Here below, to his clear fragrance,
I bow.
"For Meng Hao-Jan" by Li Po
Contentment never did aspire
To elevate mankind,
It never raised the standard higher
Of science or of mind.
"Discontent" by Jared Barhite
Bold Aspiration's furnace
Shall fuse ye with its heat,
And stern Resolve shall fashion
With steady iron beat.
"Prison Bars" by Ernest Jones
Bartering, changing, extorting,
Dreaming, debating, aspiring,
Astounding, indestructible
Life of the Ghetto…
"The Ghetto" by Lola Ridge
Now all wicked aspirations,
Do not spring from souls depraved
Into fashion. Its elation
Is the sanctity it craved.
"Fashion" by Frank Barbour Coffin

In news:

That's a 25 percent improvement on the naturally aspirated 1.6- liter gasoline it replaces.
Boston Airport, Sept 11 to Live Down , Aspires to Big Changes.
I'm an aspiring poet who recently had an important realization.
"My celebrity aspiration is to be Jay-Z," says R&B/soul singer Claire de Lune .
Recent Magdalena High School graduate Rio Chadde had aspirations of becoming a football star when he was younger.
Magpie Cafe opened two years ago at a very high level and with even higher aspirations.
Steve Thorngate on the politics of aspiration and framing "the middle class".
College baseball player aspires to be a major leaguer .
To avoid last-minute cramming, MBA aspirants should start working on their applications early.
Retired military officers and analysts described Tantawi as pragmatic and conservative, with no visible political aspirations.
Reid has harsh criticism for an aspiring singer, while producers backtrack on Cowell's plea to the audience to be "as badly behaved as you want.".
Lee Kirk's romantic comedy starring Chris Messina and Jenna Fisher follows an aspiring street performer who catches the eye of a fellow underachiever.
Srixon aspirations more than meet the eye .
The convicted sex offender accused of killing an aspiring dancer in 2008 after picking her up at a Manhattan nightclub admitted Monday to suffocating the woman at his upstate home and then dumping her body in remote Pennsylvania.
Scott Lail, an emergency medical technician, shares the inspiring story of Truman Duncan, a man who survived being hit by a train, with aspiring EMTs.

In science:

Loss of targets: Because the standard models of fundamental physics and cosmology describe the world so well, a ma jor part of what ideas going beyond those standard models could aspire to achieve, for improving our understanding of the world, would be to fix the values of their remaining free parameters.
Enlightenment, Knowledge, Ignorance, Temptation
Even if we can’t be precise in our predictions of fundamental parameters, we can still aspire to clear thinking.
Enlightenment, Knowledge, Ignorance, Temptation
Cryptography is a wide and varied field that attracts lots of young, aspiring scientists, engineers, and mathematicians.
Learning by Test-infecting Symmetric Ciphers
We, the global community of astronomy, aspire to the following guidelines for managing astronomical data, believing that they would maximise the rate and cost-effectiveness of scientific discovery.
Astronomical Data Management
The middle names were Virginio and Jefferson Jackson, reflecting parently aspirations that do not seem to have been fulfilled.
Astrophysics in 2006
Markets with large numbers of agents have very large approximate symmetries, expressing the fact that there are many individuals with similar educations, interests or aspirations and many firms competing to offer similar products and services.
Time and symmetry in models of economic markets
After all, this aspiration set the scale of the instrument.
IceCube: Neutrinos Associated with Cosmic Rays
The user has the freedom to choose all, some or one of the offered advertisement classes, as per the individual aspirations. After the subscrip tion is done, the user’s location is constantly updated to the application by using MO-LR.
Management of Location Based Advertisement Services using Spatial Triggers in Cellular Networks
This is nevertheless inevitable in any circumstance where one’s aspiration is to describe, at least to linear accuracy, situations departing from local thermal equilibrium.
Heat conduction in relativistic systems: alternatives and perspectives
The program will either aspire to even greater sensitivity or a collection of experiments will be developed to better study the decay.
Double Beta Decay
The quest for a Unified Theory of Everything (UTE) is well known to be a central goal in natural sciences. In recent years a similar aspiration to find a Unified Theory of Information (UTI) has been observed in computational sciences [1-13].
Efficiency Theory: a Unifying Theory for Information, Computation and Intelligence
Depending on whether 0ν ββ is observed or not, a collection of experiments will be developed the better to study the decay or the program will aspire to even greater sensitivity - reaching toward the normal hierarchy mass scale.
Recent Progress in Double Beta Decay
While identifying the physical cause for this phenomenon remains a distant aspiration (the label “dark energy” encapsulates our helplessness), the prospects for discovering the dark matter particles seem more promising.
Dark matter and cosmic structure
This aspiration is documented by a “white paper” coauthored by a large number of scientists (theorists, experimenters and phenomenologists) affiliated with more than one hundreds international institutions.
Phenomenology of light sterile neutrinos: a brief review
III The third class of scheme embraces a variety of methods that aspire to maintain the timeless nature of general relativity by avoiding any specific conception of time in the quantum theory.
Canonical Quantum Gravity and the Problem of Time