[ad_1] verb (used with object), as·pi·rat·ed, as·pi·rat·ing.
  1. Phonetics.
    1. to articulate (a speech sound, especially a stop) so as to produce an audible puff of breath, as with the first t of total, the second t being unaspirated.
    2. to articulate (the beginning of a word or syllable) with an h-sound, as in which, pronounced (hwich), or hitch as opposed to witch or itch.
  2. Medicine/Medical.
    1. to remove (a fluid) from a body cavity by use of an aspirator or suction syringe.
    2. to inhale (fluid or a foreign body) into the bronchi and lungs, often after vomiting.
  3. to draw or remove by suction.


  1. Phonetics. a speech sound having as an obvious concomitant an audible puff of breath, as initial stop consonants or initial h-sounds.
  2. Medicine/Medical. the substance or contents that have been aspirated.


  1. Phonetics. (of a speech sound) pronounced with or accompanied by aspiration; aspirated.

verb (ˈæspɪˌreɪt) (tr)

  1. phonetics
    1. to articulate (a stop) with some force, so that breath escapes with audible friction as the stop is released
    2. to pronounce (a word or syllable) with an initial h
  2. to draw in or remove by inhalation or suction, esp to suck (air or fluid) from a body cavity or to inhale (fluid) into the lungs after vomiting
  3. to supply air to (an internal-combustion engine)

noun (ˈæspɪrɪt)

  1. phonetics
    1. a stop pronounced with an audible release of breath
    2. the glottal fricative represented in English and several other languages as h

adjective (ˈæspɪrɪt)

  1. phonetics (of a stop) pronounced with a forceful and audible expulsion of breath

1725, “sound of the letter ‘H’,” especially at the beginning of a word, from Latin aspiratio “a breathing, exhalation, the pronunciation of the letter H” (see aspire).


“to pronounce with audible breath,” 1700; perhaps a back-formation from aspiration (n.2), or from French aspirer (1520s), or directly from Latin aspiratus, past participle of aspirare (see aspire). Related: Aspirated; aspirating.


  1. To take in or remove by aspiration.


  1. A substance removed by aspiration.
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