- articulation accompanied by an audible puff of breath, as in the h-sound of how, or of when (hwen), or in the release of initial stops, as in the k-sound of key.
- the use of such a speech sound, or aspirate, in pronunciation.
- the act of removing a fluid, as pus or serum, from a cavity of the body, by a hollow needle or trocar connected with a suction syringe.
- the act of inhaling fluid or a foreign body into the bronchi and lungs, often after vomiting.
Origin of aspiration
OTHER WORDS FROM aspirationas·pi·ra·tion·al, adjectivesu·per·as·pi·ra·tion, noun
Words nearby aspiration
How to use aspiration in a sentence
We might start by thinking about how companies can do more to balance year-on-year or quarterly targets against long-term aspirations that last—or even exceed—a lifetime, like the commitments some oil companies have made to reach net zero emissions.Humanity is stuck in short-term thinking. Here’s how we escape.|Katie McLean|October 21, 2020|MIT Technology Review
She moved to Australia for high school and with aspirations to be a doctor.How Jane Fraser broke banking’s highest glass ceiling|Claire Zillman, reporter|October 19, 2020|Fortune
FFA, a community of women founders and a startup accelerator working to achieve greater gender diversity in technology, built a sample of 150 women from tech hubs “with high likelihood of having entrepreneurial aspirations,” according to its dataset.How COVID-19 and the resulting recession are impacting female founders|Alex Wilhelm|October 16, 2020|TechCrunch
The results also highlight some important gaps between aspiration and reality—what people want companies to do, and what they think they’re actually doing.In a time of crisis, Americans send a clear message to Corporate America: Focus on workers|matthewheimer|October 2, 2020|Fortune
On the other hand, if people share their feelings and candidly explain their fears and aspirations to others, they might better motivate positive change.Philosophy And Psychology Agree – Yelling At People Who Aren’t Wearing Masks Won’t Work|LGBTQ-Editor|September 21, 2020|No Straight News
Both high fashion and the fast, commercial fashion of Target are supposed to be about aspiration.One Vogue Cover Doesn’t Solve Fashion’s Big Race Problem|Danielle Belton|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The salaries were reduced so much that 1000 euro for many workers has now become a goal or aspiration.
Nine years later, making 1,000 euro a month has become an aspiration for many.
Is getting involved in politics a serious aspiration of yours?What Comes After the Medal of Honor: An Interview with Dakota Meyer|Brian Van Reet|May 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But Roosevelt rooted it firmly in American experience and aspiration.Embodying Franklin Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms Remains a Vital Challenge|Harvey J. Kaye|April 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In this way, public curiosity may be gratified, but hardly any private aspiration after fame.The Pocket R.L.S.|Robert Louis Stevenson
Property, the family, the state, are sacred; but aspiration toward the recognition of the equality of men is insanity.Tolstoy on Shakespeare|Leo Tolstoy
Beyond all this Michael sincerely tried to correct his morals and manners in the light of aspiration and faith.Sinister Street, vol. 1|Compton Mackenzie
The Romantic aspiration is revealed in Steinle, even, in a certain “yearning after colour.”The History of Modern Painting, Volume 1 (of 4)|Richard Muther
Phœbe's aspiration to become like her teacher did not lessen as the days went on.Patchwork|Anna Balmer Myers
British Dictionary definitions for aspiration
- the act of breathing
- a breath
- the pronunciation of a stop with an audible and forceful release of breath
- the friction of the released breath
- an aspirated consonant
- the sucking of fluid or foreign matter into the air passages of the body
- the removal of air or fluid from the body by suction