- a strong desire, longing, or aim; ambition: intellectual aspirations.
- a goal or objective that is strongly desired: The presidency has been his aspiration since boyhood.
- the act of aspirating or breathing in.
- 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
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Related Wordsdesire, longing, eagerness, wish, aim, yearning, passion, ambition, objective, endeavor, dream, inclination, urge, direction, work, hankering, ambitiousness, object, pursuit, push
Examples from the Web for aspirations
A soldier in the service of ideals and aspirations that formed his core.Mario Cuomo, Always Moving Us Toward the Light
January 4, 2015
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
December 26, 2014
First, Michelle raised the aspirations and sense of urgency for the entire reform movement.A Letter of Thanks to Michelle Rhee
August 16, 2014
There is a surprising sense of realism in the aspirations of these young Gazans.Israel Is Minting the Next Generation of Hate
July 30, 2014
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
Today, better than ever before, we know the aspirations of humankind, and share them.
There is no short road to the realization of these aspirations.
Her prayers were not so fervent, her aspirations not so strong.Weighed and Wanting
Who can say, this humble craftsman may yet have had much to do with his son's aspirations?In the Heart of Vosges
Money was needful to extricate him from this drudgery and let him follow up his aspirations.Heroes of the Telegraph
- strong desire to achieve something, such as success
- the aim of such desire
- 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
- removal of air or fluid from a body cavity by suction
- 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
Word Origin and History for aspirations
1530s, "action of breathing into," from Latin aspirationem (nominative aspiratio), noun of action from past participle stem of aspirare (see aspire). Meaning "steadfast longing for a higher goal, earnest desire for something above one" is recorded from c.1600 (sometimes collectively, as aspirations).
late 14c., "action of aspirating," noun of action from aspirate (v.).
- The removal of a gas or fluid by suction.
- The sucking of fluid or a foreign body into the airway when drawing breath.
- A surgical technique used in the treatment of cataracts of the eye, in which an incision is made into the cornea, the lens capsule is severed, and the material of the lens is fragmented and aspirated by a needle.