aspiration

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noun as·pi·ra·tion \ˌas-pə-ˈrā-shən\

Definition of aspiration

  1. 1 a :  audible breath that accompanies or comprises a speech sound b :  the pronunciation or addition of an aspiration; also :  the symbol of an aspiration

  2. 2 :  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 tissue from the body c :  the taking of foreign matter into the lungs with the respiratory current

  3. 3 a :  a strong desire to achieve something high or great b :  an object of such desire

aspirational

play \-ˈrā-sh(ə-)nəl\ adjective

Examples of aspiration in a sentence

  1. the aspiration of the letter h in a house

  2. the aspiration of stomach fluids

  3. problems caused by the aspiration of fluids into the patient's lungs

14th Century

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

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