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 aspectual (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 The legal and epidemiological aspects of the challenge have been investigated by various government agencies. Matthew Brown, USA TODAY, "Fact check: TRACE Act does not permit expanded government surveillance," 27 May 2020 André began to introduce me to all the aspects of his job. Becca Hackett, Car and Driver, "How I Landed My Dream Job at Car and Driver," 22 May 2020 The National Association of Theatre Owners released a statement in April that noted the national aspect of the movie industry. Domenica Bongiovanni, The Indianapolis Star, "Movie theaters can open in most counties Friday. That doesn't mean they will.," 20 May 2020 Sitting on her throne at the heart of a honeybee colony, the queen reigns over every aspect of her kingdom, from how workers forage to the construction of new combs. Liz Langley, National Geographic, "How pheromones help bee queens rule and lemurs 'flirt'," 19 May 2020 But as Major League Soccer appears to be nearing an inflection point in its planning for resuming play in 2020, the fitness-aspect of the individual workouts could take on greater meaning. Cincinnati Enquirer, "FC Cincinnati workouts: 'At least you see your friends, your teammates and have a good day'," 18 May 2020 The Good Housekeeping Institute launched our first-ever Sustainable Packaging Awards last year to draw attention to the environmental aspects of a product's packaging. Emma Seymour, Good Housekeeping, "How to Spot and Use Eco-Friendly Packaging," 4 May 2020 A few months ago, the two got into a public spat when Graham accused Drake of embellishing the negative aspects of their relationship. Cady Lang, Time, "The 6 Biggest Takeaways From Drake's New Mixtape Dark Lane Demo Tapes," 1 May 2020 With such rich offerings on tap, and the Kubrick-Ciment convos providing a potent audio component, Monro could have built the visual aspect of his film entirely from existing material, arranged wall-to-wall. Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Kubrick by Kubrick': Film Review | Tribeca 2020," 1 May 2020

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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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“Aspect.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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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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