- 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.
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Origin of aspiration
OTHER WORDS FROM aspirationas·pi·ra·tion·al, adjectivesu·per·as·pi·ra·tion, noun
Words nearby aspiration
Example sentences from the Web for aspiration
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