Meaning of “aspiring” in the English Dictionary

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"aspiring" in British English

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uk /əˈspaɪə.rɪŋ/ us /əˈspaɪr.ɪŋ/
an aspiring actor, politician, writer, etc.


  • I knew him when he was an aspiring young law student.
  • Hollywood is full of aspiring young actors, waiting for their big break into movies.
  • Helping out at the animal rescue centre would be good experience for an aspiring vet like you.
  • Aspiring writers and poets are always sending in their work, but very little of it gets published.
  • Do you have any advice for aspiring young journalists looking for work?

C2 someone who is trying to become a successful actor, politician, writer, etc.

(Definition of “aspiring” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"aspiring" in American English

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aspiringadjective [ not gradable ]

us /əˈspɑɪ·rɪŋ/

wishing to become successful in a particular type of job:

Marcus is an aspiring actor.

(Definition of “aspiring” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"aspiring" in Business English

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aspiringadjective [ before noun ]

uk /əˈspaɪərɪŋ/ us

hoping and trying to be successful at a particular job or activity:

(Definition of “aspiring” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)