WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
as•pi•ra•tion /ˌæspəˈreɪʃən/USA pronunciation
n. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
- a strong desire;
goal:[countable]The presidency had been her aspiration since college.
- Phonetics the pronouncing of a speech sound accompanied by a puff of breath:[uncountable]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.
(as′pə rā′shən),USA pronunciation n.
- strong desire, longing, or aim;
- a goal or objective desired:The presidency is the traditional aspiration of young American boys.
- act of aspirating;
- 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 an 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.
- Latin aspīrātiōn- (stem of aspīrātiō). See aspirate, -ion
- Middle French)
- late Middle English ( 1375–1425
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged yearning, craving.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
aspiration /ˌæspɪˈreɪʃən/ n
ˌaspiˈrational adj aspiratory /əˈspaɪrətərɪ -trɪ; ˈæspɪrətərɪ -trɪ/ adj
- strong desire to achieve something, such as success
- the aim of such desire
- the act of breathing
- the pronunciation of a stop with an audible and forceful release of 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
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