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aspirate

[ verb as-puh-reyt; noun, adjective, as-per-it ]
/ verb 藞忙s p蓹藢re瑟t; noun, adjective, 藞忙s p蓹r 瑟t /
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verb (used with object), as路pi路rat路ed, as路pi路rat路ing.
Phonetics.
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
Medicine/Medical.
  1. to remove (a fluid) from a body cavity by use of an aspirator or suction syringe.
  2. to inhale (fluid or a foreign body) into the bronchi and lungs, often after vomiting.
to draw or remove by suction.
noun
Phonetics. a speech sound having as an obvious concomitant an audible puff of breath, as initial stop consonants or initial h-sounds.
Medicine/Medical. the substance or contents that have been aspirated.
adjective
Phonetics. (of a speech sound) pronounced with or accompanied by aspiration; aspirated.
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Origin of aspirate

First recorded in 1660鈥70; from Latin asp墨r膩tus 鈥渂reathed upon鈥 (past participle of asp墨r膩re ); see origin at aspire, -ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM aspirate

non路as路pi路rate, noun, adjectivenon路as路pi路rat路ed, adjectivenon路as路pi路rat路ing, adjectiveun路as路pi路rat路ed, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH aspirate

aspirant, aspirate , aspirin
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British Dictionary definitions for aspirate

aspirate

verb (藞忙sp瑟藢re瑟t) (tr)
phonetics
  1. to articulate (a stop) with some force, so that breath escapes with audible friction as the stop is released
  2. to pronounce (a word or syllable) with an initial h
to draw in or remove by inhalation or suction, esp to suck (air or fluid) from a body cavity or to inhale (fluid) into the lungs after vomiting
to supply air to (an internal-combustion engine)
noun (藞忙sp瑟r瑟t)
phonetics
  1. a stop pronounced with an audible release of breath
  2. the glottal fricative represented in English and several other languages as h
adjective (藞忙sp瑟r瑟t)
phonetics (of a stop) pronounced with a forceful and audible expulsion of breath
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