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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Expulsion of breath in speech.
  • noun The pronunciation of a consonant with an aspirate.
  • noun A speech sound produced with an aspirate.
  • noun The act of breathing in; inhalation.
  • noun Medicine The process of removing fluids or gases from the body with a suction device.
  • noun A strong desire for high achievement.
  • noun An object of such desire; an ambition.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The staccato mark (which see, under staccato).
  • noun The drawing forward, in flight, against the direction of motion of a wind-current. See the extract.
  • noun The act of aspirating or breathing; a breath.
  • noun An aspirated sound; a phonetic breathing.
  • noun The act of aspiring or ardently desiring; an ardent wish or desire, chiefly after what is elevated or spiritual.
  • noun Aid; inspiration; countenance.
  • noun The act of removing a fluid, as pus or serum, from some cavity of the body, by means of a hollow needle or trocar connected with a suction-syringe.
  • noun Suction; the act or process of drawing air through (by some method of exhaustion), as opposed to the act or process of forcing it through—that is, to a blast.
  • noun Synonyms Longing, yearning.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of aspirating; the pronunciation of a letter with a full or strong emission of breath; an aspirated sound.
  • noun The act of breathing; a breath; an inspiration.
  • noun The act of aspiring of a ardently desiring; strong wish; high desire.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The act of aspiring or ardently desiring; an ardent wish or desire, chiefly after what is elevated or spiritual (with common adjunct adpositions being to or of)
  • noun The action of aspirating.
  • noun phonetics A burst of air that follows the release of some consonants.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a will to succeed
  • noun a cherished desire
  • noun a manner of articulation involving an audible release of breath
  • noun the act of inhaling; the drawing in of air (or other gases) as in breathing

Etymologies

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aspire +‎ -ation

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aspirate +‎ -ion

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