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aspirate

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noun as·pi·rate \ˈas-p(ə-)rət\

Definition of aspirate

  1. 1 :  an independent sound \h\ or a character (such as the letter h) representing it

  2. 2 :  a consonant having aspiration as its final component <in English the \p\ of pit is an aspirate>

  3. 3 :  material removed by aspiration

Examples of aspirate in a sentence

  1. The word hour is not pronounced with an aspirate.

1617

First Known Use of aspirate

1617

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aspirate

verb as·pi·rate \ˈas-pə-ˌrāt\

Definition of aspirate

aspirated

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aspirating

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to pronounce (a vowel or a consonant) with aspiration (sense 3a)

  3. 2a :  to draw by suctionb :  to remove (something such as blood) by aspirationc :  to take into the lungs by aspiration

Examples of aspirate in a sentence

  1. The letter h in house is aspirated, but the h in hour is not.

  2. She began coughing when she aspirated some orange juice.

Origin and Etymology of aspirate

Latin aspiratus, past participle of aspirare


First Known Use: circa 1700

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ASPIRATE Defined for English Language Learners

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aspirate

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noun as·pi·rate \ˈas-p(ə-)rət\

Definition of aspirate for English Language Learners

  • linguistics : the sound of the letter “h”


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aspirate

verb as·pi·rate \ˈas-pə-ˌrāt\

Definition of aspirate for English Language Learners

  • 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


Medical Dictionary

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aspirate

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transitive verb as·pi·rate \ˈas-pə-ˌrāt\

Medical Definition of aspirate

aspirated

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aspirating

  1. 1:  to draw by suction

  2. 2:  to remove (as blood) by aspiration <the portal vein is exposed and blood is aspirated with a 50-ml. syringe—Biological Abstracts>

  3. 3:  inhale <aspirated material into the respiratory tract—Anesthesia Digest>


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aspirate

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noun as·pi·rate \ˈas-p(ə-)ret\

Medical Definition of aspirate

  1. :  material removed by aspiration


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