Adjective "aspiration" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


A hope or ambition of achieving something.
  1. mass noun 'the yawning gulf between aspiration and reality'
  2. 'Until reality can catch up with aspirations, this emotional deprivation will continue.'
  3. 'I'm afraid I will have to crush your dreams and creative aspirations, for your own good.'
  4. 'It amuses me that with all his literary aspirations he can't even spell his own surname.'
  5. 'Government and landlords tried to keep the lid on rising wages and changing social aspirations.'
  6. 'It is just that aspirations at the club have tended towards the more ambitious side.'
  7. 'Each person has values, plans, aspirations, and feelings about how that life should go.'
  8. 'More importantly, it reflects the lowering of all our aspirations and expectations.'
  9. 'How do you harness the aspirations of your staff through career development opportunities?'
  10. 'That should never be a reason for ignoring the rights and aspirations of any group of people.'
  11. 'The survey would not only be of the buildings, but of the attitudes and aspirations of the community.'
The action or process of drawing breath.
  1. 'bathing solutions were changed by careful aspiration'
  2. 'A 20-or 30-mL syringe should be used to provide optimal suction for aspiration.'
  3. 'Samples of stomach fluids obtained by aspiration on three consecutive early mornings should be sent for microscopic examination.'
The action of pronouncing a sound with an exhalation of breath.
  1. 'She goes on to note that both English and Chinese make use of aspiration in their consonantal systems.'

More definitions

1. a strong desire, longing, or aim; ambition: intellectual aspirations.

2. a goal or objective that is strongly desired: The presidency has been his aspiration since boyhood.

3. the act of aspirating or breathing in.

4. Phonetics. articulation accompanied by an audible puff of breath, as in the h -sound of how, or of when (hwen), or in the release of initial stops, as in the k -sound of key. the use of such a speech sound, or aspirate, in pronunciation.

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More examples(as adjective)

"parties can be aspiration."


Late Middle English (in aspiration (sense 3)): from Latin aspiratio(n-), from the verb aspirare (see aspire).