What does aspiration mean?

Definitions for aspiration
ˌæs pəˈreɪ ʃənas·pi·ra·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. aspirationnoun

    a will to succeed

  2. ambition, aspiration, dreamnoun

    a cherished desire

    "his ambition is to own his own business"

  3. aspirationnoun

    a manner of articulation involving an audible release of breath

  4. inhalation, inspiration, aspiration, intake, breathing innoun

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


  1. aspirationnoun

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

  2. aspirationnoun

    The action of aspirating.

  3. aspirationnoun

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Aspirationnoun

    Etymology: aspiratio, Lat.

    A soul inspired with the warmest aspirations after celestial beatitude, keeps its powers attentive. Isaac Watts, Impr. of the Mind.

    ’Tis he; I ken the manner of his gate;
    He rises on his toe; that spirit of his
    In aspiration lifts him from the earth. William Shakespeare, Troil. and Cress.


  1. aspiration

    Aspiration generally refers to a strong desire, longing or hope to achieve something. It can also refer to the act of aspiring or ambitiously striving for something. Additionally, in a medical context, aspiration can refer to the process of drawing in or out using a suction or the unintentional inhalation of something (such as food or drink) into the airways or lungs.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Aspirationnoun

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

  2. Aspirationnoun

    the act of breathing; a breath; an inspiration

  3. Aspirationnoun

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

  4. Etymology: [L. aspiratio, fr. aspirare: cf. F. aspiration.]

Editors Contribution

  1. aspiration

    A goal we plan and focus with a passion to achieve.

    My sister reviews her aspirations daily, monthly and annually.

    Submitted by MaryC on August 27, 2016  

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  1. Nouns Frequency

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of aspiration in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of aspiration in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of aspiration in a Sentence

  1. Kevin Kang:

    There lingers antipathy towards the wealthy, but at the same time there is aspiration to be wealthy.

  2. Bunker Holding:

    The Group holds no aspiration of becoming a major player in the physical market but has a goal to become a niche supplier in selected strategic areas and ports. One of these strategic focus areas is the Nordic region.

  3. Kurt Lewin:

    A successful individual typically sets his next goal somewhat but not too much above his last achievement. In this way he steadily raises his level of aspiration.

  4. Richard Brinsley Sheridan:

    When delicate and feeling souls are separated, there is not a feature in the sky, not a movement of the elements, not an aspiration of the breeze, but hints some cause for a lover's apprehension.

  5. Charles Dudley Warner:

    Happy is said to be the family which can eat onions together. They are, for the time being, separate, from the world, and have a harmony of aspiration.

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    easily diffused or spread as from one person to another
    • A. eloquent
    • B. contagious
    • C. appellative
    • D. adscripted

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