aspirate

noun
as·​pi·​rate | \ ˈa-sp(ə-)rət How to pronounce aspirate (audio) \

Definition of aspirate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an independent sound \h\ or a character (such as the letter h) representing it
2 : a consonant having aspiration as its final component in English the \p\ of pit is an aspirate
3 : material removed by aspiration

aspirate

verb
as·​pi·​rate | \ ˈa-spə-ˌrāt How to pronounce aspirate (audio) \
aspirated; aspirating

Definition of aspirate (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to pronounce (a vowel or a consonant) with aspiration (see aspiration sense 3a)
2a : to draw by suction
b : to remove (something such as blood) by aspiration
c : to take into the lungs by aspiration

Examples of aspirate in a Sentence

Noun

The word “hour” is not pronounced with an aspirate.

Verb

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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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

According to veterinary oncologists, a fine needle aspirate to see what kinds of cells it’s made of is almost always in order in these cases. Dr. Patty Khuly, miamiherald, "Most lumps are nothing serious, but don't take a chance. Call the vet.," 5 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

While not much has been said about the 2020 model, reports from Germany have suggested it will be powered by a naturally aspirated (as in non-turbo) engine making 520 horsepower. NBC News, "10 of the most powerful, expensive, exotic new cars at the Frankfurt Motor Show," 13 Sep. 2019 In this case, that engine is a 310hp (231kW), 271lb-ft (367Nm) 3.6L naturally aspirated V6 coupled to a nine-speed automatic transmission. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "The 2020 Cadillac XT6: Better than an Escalade in every way," 29 July 2019 Solid food could lead him to aspirate into his lungs and risk a life-threatening infection. Anchorage Daily News, "How Veterans Affairs failed to stop a pathologist who misdiagnosed 3,000 cases," 30 Aug. 2019 But wait, for 2020 the 718 will be powered by a new 414-horsepwer, 4.0-liter naturally aspirated flat-six engine. San Diego Union-Tribune, "2019 Boxster 718: preserving Porsche purity," 18 Aug. 2019 Porsche downsized its naturally aspirated flat-six engine for 2017, but added twin turbochargers for more power and efficiency. Robert Duffer, chicagotribune.com, "Porsche 911 GTS is the quickest, fastest and most popular Carrera," 19 July 2017 Two days later, Reid and his wife were called to Curran’s room, where Curran lay unconscious, probably after aspirating on his own vomit. Susan Glaser, cleveland.com, "Northeast Ohio family seeks answers regarding father’s death in the Dominican Republic," 15 July 2019 It will be powered by a 6.5L naturally aspirated V12, plus a hybrid system, with at least 1,000hp (746kW) and aerodynamics the likes of which we've never seen on a road car. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Hypercars from Aston Martin and Rimac stand out at the Geneva Motor Show," 7 Mar. 2018 This would have likely prevented Roscoe from aspirating. oregonlive.com, "A Portland family took their dog to DoveLewis; the family says it’s the hospital’s fault he died," 19 June 2019

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First Known Use of aspirate

Noun

1617, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

circa 1700, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for aspirate

Verb

Latin aspiratus, past participle of aspirare

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More Definitions for aspirate

aspirate

noun

English Language Learners Definition of aspirate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

linguistics : the sound of the letter "h"

aspirate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of aspirate (Entry 2 of 2)

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

aspirate

transitive verb
as·​pi·​rate | \ ˈas-pə-ˌrāt How to pronounce aspirate (audio) \
aspirated; aspirating

Medical Definition of aspirate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to draw by suction
2 : to remove (as blood) by aspiration the portal vein is exposed and blood is aspirated with a 50-ml. syringeBiological Abstracts
3 : inhale aspirated material into the respiratory tractAnesthesia Digest

aspirate

noun
as·​pi·​rate | \ ˈas-p(ə-)ret How to pronounce aspirate (audio) \

Medical Definition of aspirate (Entry 2 of 2)

: material removed by aspiration

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