WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
as•pi•ra•tion /ˌæspəˈreɪʃən/USA pronunciation
- [countable] a strong desire;
goal:The presidency had been her aspiration since college.
- 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
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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