aspiration

noun
as·​pi·​ra·​tion | \ ˌa-spə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce aspiration (audio) \

Definition of aspiration

1a : a strong desire to achieve something high or great an aspiration to become famous usually plural a young man with political/literary aspirations
b : an object of such desire An acting career is her aspiration.
2 : a drawing of something in, out, up, or through by or as if by suction: such as
a : the act of breathing and especially of breathing in
b : the withdrawal (as by suction) of fluid or tissue from the body the aspiration of stomach fluids
c : 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 linguistics
a : audible breath that accompanies or comprises a speech sound
b : 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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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

Examples of aspiration in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Her other aspiration is to see Jimmy adopted by a person or family willing to care for a cat with special needs. Suzanne Baker, chicagotribune.com, "Naperville cat walks on water treadmill for unusual rehab program," 30 Apr. 2021 Our aspiration is for TIME, in our company and in our coverage, to be among the ranks of businesses that drive positive action. Edward Felsenthal, Time, "Every Company is a Tech Company Now. The Disruption is Just Beginning," 27 Apr. 2021 My aspiration is that as the season moves on and more people get vaccinated, things become easier. Khobi Price, sun-sentinel.com, "Greater Beckham presence, Henderson and Neville additions breathing new life into Inter Miami ahead of second season," 28 Feb. 2021 The Oscars are an annual meeting, of sorts, for Hollywood — a moment of reflection, aspiration and backslapping for the industry. Jake Coyle, Star Tribune, "The pandemic has upended the Oscars. Good, producers say," 16 Apr. 2021 The Oscars are an annual meeting, of sorts, for Hollywood — a moment of reflection, aspiration and backslapping for the industry. BostonGlobe.com, "The pandemic has upended the Oscars. Good, producers say," 16 Apr. 2021 And on Instagram — a platform more about aspiration than action — the reality that wishes are equal parts helpless and hopeful is central. Washington Post, "Yoko Ono’s ‘Wish Tree’ at the Hirshhorn is branching out. This year, your wishes can be virtual.," 15 Apr. 2021 This aspiration toward disappearance made luxury synonymous with seeing, hearing, owning and even feeling less. New York Times, "How Nothingness Became Everything We Wanted," 19 Jan. 2021 For the Mexico City native, with roots in the northern Mexican state of Sonora, music as a zealous aspiration came long before acting. Carlos Aguilar, Los Angeles Times, "‘Godzilla vs. Kong’s’ Eiza González is a star in Mexico. Why do so few know her in the U.S.?," 2 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of aspiration

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

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The first known use of aspiration was in the 14th century

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“Aspiration.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aspiration. Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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More Definitions for aspiration

aspiration

noun
as·​pi·​ra·​tion | \ ˌa-spə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce aspiration (audio) \

Kids Definition of aspiration

1 : a strong desire to achieve something She left home with aspirations for a better life.
2 : something that one wants very much to achieve Fame has always been his aspiration.

aspiration

noun
as·​pi·​ra·​tion | \ ˌas-pə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce aspiration (audio) \

Medical Definition of aspiration

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

Other Words from aspiration

aspirational \ -​shnəl, -​shən-​ᵊl How to pronounce aspiration (audio) \ adjective

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