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

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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