wannabe

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Written form of a reduction of "want to be"

Wannabe is a noun formed from a complex verb combination of the phrase, "want to be". Wannabe can be considered a conversion, category change, or functional shift.

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wannabe (plural wannabes)

  1. 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.

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