WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
as•pi•ra•tion /ˌæspəˈreɪʃən/USA pronunciation n. 
  1. [countable] a strong desire;
    goal:The presidency had been her aspiration since college.
  2. Phonetics[uncountable] the pronouncing of a speech sound accompanied by a puff of breath:English sounds like p,t, or k at the beginning of words have aspiration.
  • the act of removing a fluid from the body with a hollow needle with suction.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

aspiration /ˌæspɪˈreɪʃən/ n
  1. strong desire to achieve something, such as success
  2. the aim of such desire
  3. the act of breathing
  4. the pronunciation of a stop with an audible and forceful release of breath
  5. an aspirated consonant
  6. removal of air or fluid from a body cavity by suction
  7. the sucking of fluid or foreign matter into the air passages of the body
  8. the removal of air or fluid from the body by suction

ˌaspiˈrational adj aspiratory /əˈspaɪrətərɪ -trɪ; ˈæspɪrətərɪ -trɪ/ adj

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