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 aspirates
Aspirates are common in German, but practically unknown in standard French.The Sounds of Spoken English|Walter Rippmann
The voice came sharply, almost sibilantly, with the aspirates of the race.The Tempering|Charles Neville Buck
Perplexity of both parents here required a short explanation of middle-class jocularity turning on neglect or excess of aspirates.A Likely Story|William De Morgan
From the point of view of literature Mr. Kipling is a genius who drops his aspirates.Selected Prose of Oscar Wilde|Oscar Wilde
The aspirates ph, ch, th were pronounced very nearly like our stressed Eng.New Latin Grammar|Charles E. Bennett
British Dictionary definitions for aspirates
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