[ verb as-puh-reyt; noun, adjective, as-per-it ]
/ verb ˈæs pəˌreɪt; noun, adjective, ˈæs pər ɪt /
verb (used with object), as·pi·rat·ed, as·pi·rat·ing.
- 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.
to draw or remove by suction.
Phonetics. a speech sound having as an obvious concomitant an audible puff of breath, as initial stop consonants or initial h-sounds.
Medicine/Medical. the substance or contents that have been aspirated.
Phonetics. (of a speech sound) pronounced with or accompanied by aspiration; aspirated.
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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
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Example sentences from the Web for aspirate
This sound is an unaspirated ch, just as d and g represent unaspirated t and k.Little Man's Family|J. B. Enochs
British Dictionary definitions for aspirate
verb (ˈæspɪˌreɪt) (tr)
- 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
to draw in or remove by inhalation or suction, esp to suck (air or fluid) from a body cavity or to inhale (fluid) into the lungs after vomiting
to supply air to (an internal-combustion engine)
- a stop pronounced with an audible release of breath
- the glottal fricative represented in English and several other languages as h
phonetics (of a stop) pronounced with a forceful and audible expulsion of breath
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Medical definitions for aspirate
[ ăs′pə-rāt′ ]
To take in or remove by aspiration.
A substance removed by aspiration.
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