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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Did You Know?

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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But not every aspect of her wedding look came with an astronomical price. Marci Robin, Allure, "Lea Michele’s Wedding Makeup Included a $9 Drugstore Mascara, and Her Lashes Looked Gorgeous," 16 Mar. 2019 All this upheaval distracted me from what was unfolding: Joe’s frenzied preoccupation with every aspect of my life. Crystal Ponti, Harper's BAZAAR, "What It's Actually Like To Be Stalked by Joe," 12 Feb. 2019 Smart assistants will creep into every aspect of our lives and will be available at home and away. Rani Molla, Recode, "Voice tech like Alexa and Siri hasn’t found its true calling yet: Inside the voice assistant ‘revolution’," 12 Nov. 2018 Each year Muslims around the world fast for 30 days for Ramadan, making this practice a significant aspect of life for many of us. Nazima Qureshi, SELF, "3 Ways I Make Nutrition Advice More Culturally Relevant to Muslim Women Like Myself," 3 Apr. 2019 The oh-so-English collection also has a charitable aspect to it. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Moss Stars in Vivienne Westwood's and Burberry's Collab Campaign," 6 Dec. 2018 The Walking Dead used to be really interested in the impact of the extraordinary on the ordinary machinations of life, and for me, that was the show’s most compelling aspect. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "The Walking Dead’s midseason finale got the show back on track," 26 Nov. 2018 Ultimately, ChurchFIT is about being your best self in all aspects of life. Marty Munson, Woman's Day, "One Woman Is Changing Lives By Bringing Health and Fitness to Church," 15 Nov. 2018 The new bug appears to have an important timing aspect to it; two actions must happen simultaneously to make the impersonation end prematurely. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Another Windows 0-day flaw has been published on Twitter," 24 Oct. 2018

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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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