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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Aspirationnoun

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

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

  2. Aspirationnoun

    the act of breathing; a breath; an inspiration

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

  3. Aspirationnoun

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

    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. Imran Khan:

    All the parties had called for Panama probe in National Assembly. To seek justice is the only aspiration behind this struggle.

  2. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter:

    We've been concerned about it since last summer because they [ISIS] say they have the aspiration to come here.

  3. Lionel Desclee:

    We also have a longer-term aspiration to list a minority stake of our business in Japan, we believe a Japan listing would empower Seiyu to accelerate the journey of building a strong, innovative local value retailer both in-stores and online, while still enjoying the benefits of being powered by Walmart.

  4. James Allen:

    You will become as small as your controlling desire; as great as your dominant aspiration.

  5. Jeb Bush:

    Our message is one of hope and aspiration. It isn't one of division and 'Get in line and we'll take care of you with free stuff,'.

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    • A. occlusive
    • B. elusive
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