aspirate

noun
as·​pi·​rate | \ ˈas-p(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 | \ ˈas-pə-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

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 That’s up from 185 horsepower in the 2016 model’s normally aspirated 2.4-liter four-cylinder. G. Chambers Williams Iii, star-telegram, "All-new Honda Accord debuts for 2018 with its first-ever turbocharged engines | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 12 May 2018 All Actys share naturally aspirated gasoline engines, which are mounted just in front of the rear wheels underneath the rear floor. Devin Holody, Ars Technica, "A beginner’s guide to the world of weird and wonderful Japanese import cars," 26 Apr. 2018 The growl isn't as hungry as its naturally aspirated predecessor, but the fire-whipping turbo note just under 2000 rpm at full throttle slingshots the car into lanes that look like sheet music ready to play play play. Robert Duffer, chicagotribune.com, "Porsche 911 GTS is the quickest, fastest and most popular Carrera," 19 July 2017 Like many commercial analyzers, the ADVIA featured a probe that dropped down into the blood sample and aspirated it. John Carreyrou, WIRED, "A New Look Inside Theranos’ Dysfunctional Corporate Culture," 21 May 2018

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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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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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