- 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
Example sentences from the Web for aspiration
NASA wants to buy some moon rocks, and it’s seeking out companies to make space mining trips so that it can establish a legal framework for its galactic aspirations.NASA wants to buy moon rocks from anyone who can fund their own space trip|Verne Kopytoff|September 10, 2020|Fortune
If you choose the right life partner, who understands and supports your aspirations, you can achieve almost anything in life.The advice that helped this year’s 40 under 40 find their own path|kdunn6|September 3, 2020|Fortune
So the new agreement seems to be an effort to turn that aspiration into action, and commit the Forest Service to matching the effort.California and the Forest Service have a plan to prevent future catastrophic fires|Ula Chrobak|August 27, 2020|Popular Science
Verily, though, has aspirations to potentially go further by, for example, integrating data from mobile health devices.Alphabet’s Verily plans to use big data to help employers predict health insurance costs|Rachel Schallom|August 25, 2020|Fortune
This workshop tapped into the community’s aspiration to build more democratic, cooperative, and equitable algorithmic systems by incorporating participatory methods into their design.Participation-washing could be the next dangerous fad in machine learning|Amy Nordrum|August 25, 2020|MIT Technology Review
A soldier in the service of ideals and aspirations that formed his core.
More than a few were willing to be open about their sexual, if not romantic, aspirations.The Craziest Date Night for Single Jews, Where Mistletoe Is Ditched for Shots|Emily Shire|December 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
First, Michelle raised the aspirations and sense of urgency for the entire reform movement.
There is a surprising sense of realism in the aspirations of these young Gazans.
They could be vulnerable and reveal their fears and aspirations.Filming a Beautiful Town in Decay: ‘Rich Hill’ and the Elusive American Dream|Tracy Droz Tragos|July 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The Washington building is the expression in materials of their aspirations for what is best and most beautiful.
How different the words, the aspirations, of the two suitors.The Wings of the Morning|Louis Tracy
In our organization, with the declared friends of Freedom, they will find a place in harmony with their aspirations.Charles Sumner; his Complete Works, v. 4-20|Charles Sumner
She had not repressed his talents from cool calculation, but it had been pleasant to her to see him grow up free from aspirations.Cleopatra, Complete|Georg Ebers
Vainly he sought to lull it, to keep it earthward, to laugh at his own aspirations—useless labor!My Recollections of Lord Byron|Teresa Guiccioli
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