verb (used with object), as·pi·rat·ed, as·pi·rat·ing.
- to articulate (a speech sound, especially a stop) so as to produce an audible puff of breath, as with the first t of total, the second t being unaspirated.
- to articulate (the beginning of a word or syllable) with an h-sound, as in which, pronounced (hwich), or hitch as opposed to witch or itch.
- to remove (a fluid) from a body cavity by use of an aspirator or suction syringe.
- to inhale (fluid or a foreign body) into the bronchi and lungs, often after vomiting.
Origin of aspirate
Related formsnon·as·pi·rate, noun, adjectivenon·as·pi·rat·ed, adjectivenon·as·pi·rat·ing, adjectiveun·as·pi·rat·ed, adjective
Examples from the Web for aspirate
Some operate like bellows, creating an accordion-like sound as they aspirate.How to Save Silent Movies: Inside New Jersey’s Cinema Paradiso|Rich Goldstein|October 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Bottle propping and speed-feeding gruel causes them to choke and aspirate their food—sometimes causing pneumonia and death.Russia’s Adoption Ban Is Cruel and Vindictive to All|Dr. Jane Aronson|December 29, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Proceeding as before, aspirate a volume of serum into the capillary stem up to the level of the pencil mark.The Elements of Bacteriological Technique|John William Henry Eyre
It was sometimes expressed without the aspirate, αμβη: hence the place of the oracle was styled Ambon, αμβων.
When five years old, this baby spoke with an Attic accent, and corrected his elders who dropped the aspirate.Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Vol. 13|Elbert Hubbard
Sometimes, in moments of flurry or excitement, an aspirate miscarried.The Divine Fire|May Sinclair
The letter H was usually the point of attack, the aspirate being the simplest of all the powers of the letters.
British Dictionary definitions for aspirate
verb (ˈæspɪˌreɪt) (tr)
- to articulate (a stop) with some force, so that breath escapes with audible friction as the stop is released
- to pronounce (a word or syllable) with an initial h
- a stop pronounced with an audible release of breath
- the glottal fricative represented in English and several other languages as h