aspect

noun
as·​pect | \ ˈas-ˌpekt 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 2) verb forms that indicate aspect
4 archaic : an act of looking : gaze

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Other Words from aspect

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

Synonyms for aspect

Synonyms

angle, facet, hand, phase, side

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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

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The community aspect of your spaces is very important. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "Atelier Ace's New New York City Hotel Wants to Help You Clear Your Head," 14 May 2019 There's also an emotional aspect to plaid that the designers love. Emma Bazilian, House Beautiful, "Why Every Room Needs A Little Bit of Plaid, According to Next Wave Designers Toledo Geller," 7 Feb. 2019 Being angry is a natural response to injustice, an important aspect of grief, and a powerful motivator for change. Megan Feldman Bettencourt, Harper's BAZAAR, "How Forgiveness Has Been Weaponized Against Women," 25 Sep. 2018 That aspect of the settlement is a clear victory for progressive groups. Dustin Gardiner, azcentral, "Republican secretary of state candidates spar over Arizona's voter-registration rules," 6 July 2018 Another aspect of the campaign touches on the importance of self-care, a term that’s caught on like crazy within the past year. Karina Hoshikawa, Allure, "Rosario Dawson’s Beauty Routine Includes Masking With a Side of Meditation," 30 Apr. 2019 Knox hit on an aspect inherent to the genre’s appeal: facing your fears. Maude Campbell, Popular Mechanics, "The Time of True Crime," 26 Apr. 2019 The superstar's set was deeply inspired by historically black colleges and universities, which manifested in the band, uniforms, dancers, step teams, musical arrangements, references to greek life, and many more aspects in the show. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Beyoncé's Homecoming Netflix Documentary (and Surprise Album!) Are Here and Fans Are Emotional," 17 Apr. 2019 But with the launch of his eponymous e-commerce collection, he is poised to become a major player in the home-furnishings industry, with products that will eventually encompass every aspect of a person’s home, from floor to ceiling. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "See Inside Ben Soleimani’s Fast-Paced, Stylish Worlds in California and London," 17 Apr. 2019

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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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aspect

noun

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

aspect

noun
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.

aspect

noun
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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