Ambition is the name of the game for an aspirant, a young person who sets her sights on rising to the top in her chosen field.

Every young person who wishes on a star for fame and fortune is an aspirant. Used mostly as a noun, the word also works as an adjective — describing the desire to move up the corporate ladder, to receive national recognition for saving the world, or to achieve success on the Broadway stage — whatever one aspires to: "The aspirant dancer had to start her career as an understudy to the prima ballerina."

Definitions of aspirant

n an ambitious and aspiring young person

“a lofty aspirant
aspirer, hopeful, wannabe, wannabee
Type of:
applicant, applier
a person who requests or seeks something such as assistance or employment or admission

adj desiring or striving for recognition or advancement

aspiring, wishful
having a strong desire for success or achievement

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