aspiration

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noun as·pi·ra·tion \ˌas-pə-ˈrā-shən\

Definition of aspiration

  1. 1a :  a strong desire to achieve something high or great an aspiration to become famous —usually plural a young man with political/literary aspirationsb :  an object of such desire An acting career is her aspiration.

  2. 2 :  a drawing of something in, out, up, or through by or as if by suction: such asa :  the act of breathing and especially of breathing inb :  the withdrawal of fluid or tissue from the body the aspiration of stomach fluidsc :  the taking of foreign matter into the lungs with the respiratory current problems caused by the aspiration of fluids into the patient's lungs

  3. 3 linguistics a :  audible breath that accompanies or comprises a speech soundb :  the pronunciation or addition of an aspiration the aspiration of the letter “h” in “a house”; also :  the symbol of an aspiration

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First Known Use of aspiration

14th century

Synonym Discussion of aspiration

ambition, aspiration, pretension mean strong desire for advancement. ambition applies to the desire for personal advancement or preferment and may suggest equally a praiseworthy or an inordinate desire. driven by ambition aspiration implies a striving after something higher than oneself. an aspiration to become president someday pretension suggests ardent desire for recognition of accomplishment often without actual possession of the necessary ability and therefore may imply presumption. has literary pretensions

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ASPIRATION Defined for Kids

aspiration

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noun as·pi·ra·tion \ˌa-spə-ˈrā-shən\

Definition of aspiration for Students

  1. 1 :  a strong desire to achieve something She left home with aspirations for a better life.

  2. 2 :  something that one wants very much to achieve Fame has always been his aspiration.


Medical Dictionary

aspiration

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noun as·pi·ra·tion \ˌas-pə-ˈrā-shən\

Medical Definition of aspiration

  1. :  a drawing of something in, out, up, or through by or as if by suction: asa:  the act of breathing and especially of breathing inb:  the withdrawal of fluid or friable tissue from the bodyc:  the taking of foreign matter into the lungs with the respiratory current

aspirational

\-shnəl, -shən-əl\play adjective


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