- 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
OTHER WORDS FROM aspiratenon·as·pi·rate, noun, adjectivenon·as·pi·rat·ed, adjectivenon·as·pi·rat·ing, adjectiveun·as·pi·rat·ed, adjective
How to use aspirate in a sentence
Most of Porsche's power units have turned to turbocharging in the past few years—including the lesser variants of the 718—but not this four-liter lump, which remains resolutely naturally aspirated.
Fill 10 litres of water into the aspirating bottle and attach a piece of rubber tubing with a screw clamp to the delivery tube.The Elements of Bacteriological Technique|John William Henry Eyre
The tube is dried by aspirating air through it, and gently warming with a Bunsen burner.A Textbook of Assaying: For the Use of Those Connected with Mines.|Cornelius Beringer and John Jacob Beringer
In addition to aspirating synovia, the introduction of equal parts of alcohol and tincture of iodin into the theca is necessary.
The sterile aspirating needle is pushed through the tissues and into the capsule with a sudden thrust.
The changes on the beginning of nouns are made by aspirating an initial consonant; that is, writing h after it.Elements of Gaelic Grammar|Alexander Stewart
British Dictionary definitions for aspirate
- 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