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aspirate

noun as·pi·rate \ ˈas-p(ə-)rət \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of aspirate

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

Examples of aspirate in a Sentence

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

First Known Use of aspirate

1617

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aspirate

verb as·pi·rate \ ˈas-pə-ˌrāt \

Definition of aspirate

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

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of aspirate

Latin aspiratus, past participle of aspirare

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ASPIRATE Defined for English Language Learners

aspirate

noun

Definition of aspirate for English Language Learners

  • linguistics : the sound of the letter “h”


aspirate

verb

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

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

medical Definition of aspirate

aspirated; aspirating
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. syringe
  • Biological Abstracts
3 : inhale
  • aspirated material into the respiratory tract
  • Anesthesia Digest

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aspirate

noun as·pi·rate \ ˈas-p(ə-)ret \

medical Definition of aspirate

: material removed by aspiration

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