Definitions for Aspirationˌæs pəˈreɪ ʃən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

as•pi•ra•tionˌæs pəˈreɪ ʃən(n.)

  1. a strong desire, longing, or hope; ambition.

  2. a goal or objective desired:

    The presidency had been his aspiration since college.

  3. an act of aspirating, esp. inhalation .

  4. the articulation of a speech sound accompanied by an audible puff of breath. the use of an aspirate in pronunciation.

    Category: Phonetics

  5. 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.

    Category: Medicine

Origin of aspiration:

1375–1425; late ME (< MF) < L


Princeton's WordNet

  1. aspiration(noun)

    a will to succeed

  2. ambition, aspiration, dream(noun)

    a cherished desire

    "his ambition is to own his own business"

  3. aspiration(noun)

    a manner of articulation involving an audible release of breath

  4. inhalation, inspiration, aspiration, intake, breathing in(noun)

    the act of inhaling; the drawing in of air (or other gases) as in breathing

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. aspiration(noun)ˌæs pəˈreɪ ʃən

    a desire to achieve

    the aspirations of young people


  1. aspiration(Noun)

    The act of aspiring or ardently desiring; an ardent wish or desire, chiefly after what is elevated or spiritual.

  2. aspiration(Noun)

    The action of aspirating.

  3. aspiration(Noun)

    A burst of air that follows the release of some consonants.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Aspiration(noun)

    the act of aspirating; the pronunciation of a letter with a full or strong emission of breath; an aspirated sound

  2. Aspiration(noun)

    the act of breathing; a breath; an inspiration

  3. Aspiration(noun)

    the act of aspiring of a ardently desiring; strong wish; high desire


  1. Aspirated consonant

    In phonetics, aspiration is the strong burst of air that accompanies either the release or, in the case of preaspiration, the closure of some obstruents. In English, aspirated consonants are allophones in complementary distribution with their unaspirated counterparts, but in some other languages, notably most Indian and East Asian Languages, the difference is contrastive. To feel or see the difference between aspirated and unaspirated sounds, one can put a hand or a lit candle in front of one's mouth, and say pin and then bin. One should either feel a puff of air or see a flicker of the candle flame with pin that one does not get with bin. In most dialects of English, the initial consonant is aspirated in pin and unaspirated in bin. The diacritic for aspiration in the International Phonetic Alphabet is a superscript "h", ⟨⟩. In Unicode, it is encoded at U+02B0 ʰ modifier letter small h. Unaspirated consonants are not normally marked explicitly, but there is a diacritic for non-aspiration in the Extensions to the IPA, the superscript equal sign, ⟨⟩.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Aspiration' in Nouns Frequency: #2591

Translations for Aspiration

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(often in plural) an ambition

aspirations to become a writer.

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