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 aspirates
Historical Examples of aspirates
He explained that all aspirates are dropped in modern Greek.The Incomparable 29th and the "River Clyde"
When excited Mrs. Marlings had some difficulty with her aspirates.Adventures of Bindle
Herbert George Jenkins
In moments of rapid action the sergeant major evidently had difficulty with his aspirates.The Sky Pilot in No Man's Land
He complained of the shut mouth, the claquement des dents, and the predominance of aspirates in our pronunciation.
The subvocals are sometimes called voice consonants and the aspirates breath consonants.Orthography
Elmer W. Cavins
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.