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Definitions and Synonyms of aspiration | Another word for aspiration | What is aspiration?

Definition 1: the act of inhaling; the drawing in of air (or other gases) as in breathing - [noun denoting act]

Synonyms for aspiration in the sense of this definition

(aspiration is a kind of ...) the process of taking in and expelling air during breathing

"he took a deep breath and dived into the pool" "he was fighting to his last breath"

(... is a kind of aspiration ) a short labored intake of breath with the mouth open

"she gave a gasp and fainted"

(... is a kind of aspiration ) a slow inhalation (as of tobacco smoke)

"he took a puff on his pipe" "he took a drag on his cigarette and expelled the smoke slowly"

(... is part of aspiration) the bodily process of inhalation and exhalation; the process of taking in oxygen from inhaled air and releasing carbon dioxide by exhalation

Definition 2: a will to succeed - [noun denoting attribute]

(aspiration is a kind of ...) a strong drive for success

Definition 3: a manner of articulation involving an audible release of breath - [noun denoting communication]

(aspiration is a kind of ...) the aspect of pronunciation that involves bringing articulatory organs together so as to shape the sounds of speech

Definition 4: a cherished desire - [noun denoting feeling]

Samples where aspiration or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • his ambition is to own his own business

Synonyms for aspiration in the sense of this definition

(aspiration is a kind of ...) the feeling that accompanies an unsatisfied state

(... is a kind of aspiration ) the widespread aspiration of Americans to live better than their parents did

(... is a kind of aspiration ) ambition to equal or excel

(... is a kind of aspiration ) the aspiration for national independence felt by people under foreign domination

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