wannabe

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Written form of a reduction of want to be. Wannabe can be considered a conversion, category change, or functional shift.

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wannabe (plural wannabes)

  1. (slang, derogatory, often attributive) Someone who wishes to be or do something, but lacks the qualifications or talent; an overeager amateur; an aspirant.
    Hollywood's restaurants are full of wannabe actors waiting to be discovered.
  2. (slang, derogatory) Someone who wishes to be part of, or to assimilate to, a majority group of which they are not a member.

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