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
Examples from the Web for aspirate
Contemporary Examples of aspirate
Some operate like bellows, creating an accordion-like sound as they aspirate.How to Save Silent Movies: Inside New Jersey’s Cinema Paradiso
October 2, 2014
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
Historical Examples of aspirate
Aspirate some of the inoculated media into capillary pipettes.The Elements of Bacteriological Technique
John William Henry Eyre
The aspirate is rarely misplaced, unless by a recent immigrant.
They omit the aspirate to nearly all words derived from Greek.
Second, the aspirate (h as in have), which is generally condemned.The Psychology of Singing
David C. Taylor
Sometimes the aspirate is transferred from the Adj. to the Conjunct.Elements of Gaelic Grammar
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
1725, "sound of the letter 'H'," especially at the beginning of a word, from Latin aspiratio "a breathing, exhalation, the pronunciation of the letter H" (see aspire).
"to pronounce with audible breath," 1700; perhaps a back-formation from aspiration (n.2), or from French aspirer (1520s), or directly from Latin aspiratus, past participle of aspirare (see aspire). Related: Aspirated; aspirating.