Definition of aspirate
- in English the \p\ of pit is an aspirate
The word “hour” is not pronounced with an aspirate.
The letter “h” in “house” is aspirated, but the “h” in “hour” is not.
She began coughing when she aspirated some orange juice.
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linguistics : the sound of the letter “h”
linguistics : to pronounce (a letter or word) with the sound of a breath or the letter “h”
medical : to remove (liquid) from a person's body
medical : to breathe (liquid, food, etc.) into your lungs
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investment of mental or emotional energy
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