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aspirant (n.)

"one who aspires, one who seeks advancement," 1738, from French aspirant "a candidate," noun use of a present participle, from Latin aspirantem (nominative aspirans), present participle of aspirare "breathe at, blow upon," figuratively strive for, aspire to" (see aspire).

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Definitions of aspirant from WordNet

aspirant (adj.)
desiring or striving for recognition or advancement;
Synonyms: aspiring / wishful
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