as·​pect | \ ˈa-ˌspekt How to pronounce aspect (audio) \

Definition of aspect

1a : a particular status or phase in which something appears or may be regarded They studied every aspect of the question.
b(1) : appearance to the eye or mind the threatening aspect of the dark sky
(2) : a particular appearance of the face : mien … all that's best of dark and bright / Meet in her aspect and her eyes.— Lord Byron
2a : the position of planets or stars with respect to one another held by astrologers to influence human affairs also : the apparent position (such as conjunction) of a body in the solar system with respect to the sun
b : a position facing a particular direction : exposure a house with a southern aspect
c : the manner of presentation of a plane to a fluid through which it is moving or to a current
3 grammar
a : the nature of the action of a verb as to its beginning, duration, completion, or repetition and without reference to its position in time
b : a set of inflected (see inflect sense 1) verb forms that indicate aspect
4 archaic : an act of looking : gaze

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aspectual \ a-​ˈspek-​chə(-​wə)l How to pronounce aspect (audio) , -​chü(-​ə)l \ adjective

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Since aspectus in Latin means "looked at", an aspect of something is basically the direction from which it's looked at. So we may say that travel is your favorite aspect of your job, or that eating well is one aspect of a healthy life. If you look at a stage set from the front, it looks completely different than from behind, where all the mechanisms are visible, and both aspects are important. The word can be very useful when you're analyzing something, and it's used a great deal in the writings of scholars.

Examples of aspect in a Sentence

depending on what aspect of college life you consider most important, there are several colleges which might be good for you he has the aspect of a man used to giving orders and seeing them obeyed
Recent Examples on the Web Even as the pandemic upended almost every aspect of normal life, more than 160 million Americans still cast a ballot in last year’s elections in some way, whether in person, by mail, or by dropbox. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "A Racist Cop Threatened to Weaponize the Law to Disenfranchise Black Voters," 3 May 2021 The scope of his plans, increasing government’s role in just about every aspect of American life, also brought to mind the Democrats who tried to govern as liberals after campaigning as moderates. Matthew Continetti, National Review, "Biden’s 100 Days of Hubris," 1 May 2021 Human Rights Watch and other rights groups say that despite the existence of the Palestinian Authority, Israel maintains overarching control over nearly every aspect of Palestinian lives in both the West Bank and Gaza. Joseph Krauss, The Christian Science Monitor, "Watchdog says Israeli treatment of Arabs amounts to apartheid," 28 Apr. 2021 This system, which affects virtually every aspect of one’s life, privileges urban status by providing urban hukou holders with substantially greater and better educational opportunities. Amitrajeet A. Batabyal, The Conversation, "If China’s middle class continues to thrive and grow, what will it mean for the rest of the world?," 27 Apr. 2021 The stress on young people this year has been widespread, touching nearly every aspect of life and affecting those even under the age of 18., "Young people are politically engaged, pro-Biden, and depressed, study finds," 24 Apr. 2021 By the time that Donald Trump was elected, lying to the public had become a daily pastime—and not just about the taxes required to run a functional federal government but about virtually every aspect of governing. Jane Mayer, The New Yorker, "Remembering Walter Mondale," 19 Apr. 2021 After months of coronavirus restrictions that encroached on almost every aspect of daily life, the English celebrated a hopeful new chapter, many of them in what seemed the most fitting way possible: with a pint at a pub. New York Times, "U.K. Rejoices and Asks: Are Lockdowns Finally Finished?," 12 Apr. 2021 Automation was on track to change almost every aspect of human life. Kison Patel, Forbes, "The Future Of M&A And Automation," 9 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of aspect

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

History and Etymology for aspect

Middle English, from Latin aspectus, from aspicere to look at, from ad- + specere to look — more at spy

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The first known use of aspect was in the 14th century

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6 May 2021

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“Aspect.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of aspect

: a part of something
formal : the way a person, place, or thing appears
formal : the direction that something (such as a room or building) faces or points towards


as·​pect | \ ˈa-ˌspekt How to pronounce aspect (audio) \

Kids Definition of aspect

1 : the appearance of something : look The old house took on a dark and lonely aspect at night.
2 : a certain way in which something appears or may be thought of We considered every aspect of the question.
3 : a position facing a certain direction The house has a southern aspect.


as·​pect | \ ˈas-ˌpekt How to pronounce aspect (audio) \

Medical Definition of aspect

1 : the part of an object (as an organ) in a particular position the medial aspects of the knees— R. H. Nyquist
2 : a particular status or phase in which something appears or may be regarded the medicolegal aspects of pregnancyBulletin of Meharry Medical College

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