Definition of aspect in English:



  • 1A particular part or feature of something.

    ‘personal effectiveness in all aspects of life’
    ‘the financial aspect can be overstressed’
    • ‘I think a regrettable feature of some aspects of the environmental movement is that it turns its back on technology.’
    • ‘While the session seemed to lessen some of the intrigue, city officials revealed little about financial aspects of the deal.’
    • ‘The financial aspects of exporting will be explained, and terms, conditions and procedures that could catch the unwary exporter off guard, will be made clear.’
    • ‘Beyond the financial aspect, there are now regulatory aspects associated with data and data retention.’
    • ‘I do not accept that it is appropriate to release detailed, market-sensitive information about the financial and contractual aspects of the scheme at this stage.’
    • ‘In addition to the original trailer, there is a production featurette that discusses various aspects of the production.’
    • ‘For several years now I have applied the same finely-honed technique to all aspects of my financial life.’
    • ‘As a result, families are now bearing the main responsible for their children's education, particularly with regard to the financial aspects.’
    • ‘We thank them all for their contributions, and we look forward to exploring some other features and aspects of their game in the coming weeks.’
    • ‘This column is packed full of information and features about all aspects of careers, employment, recruitment and qualifications.’
    • ‘Our research has found that schools are already teaching aspects of financial literacy and that many more opportunities exist in the curriculum.’
    • ‘With the game nearing the final stretch of development, it is more crucial than ever that features and key aspects of the game get finalized.’
    • ‘We want to be of service to our community, to become a clearing house for newsy features of all aspects of living in Japan.’
    • ‘The inspection also looked into the trust's financial aspects, accounts and performance management.’
    • ‘Most people's advice centred around the financial aspects of jobs.’
    • ‘Each tool kit offered advantages in certain aspects as well as features that were unique to each construction set.’
    • ‘It also analyzes their financial position and certain aspects of financial change.’
    • ‘In addition to the key production and marketing issues, environmental and food safety aspects will also be featured prominently.’
    • ‘Next we set about trying to ascertain exactly which features and aspects of the environment were responsible for causing these effects.’
    • ‘The show traditionally features aspects of country life, and this year is no exception.’
    feature, facet, side, characteristic, particular, detail, point, ingredient, strand
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    1. 1.1 A particular way in which something may be considered.
      ‘from every aspect theirs was a changing world’
      • ‘Each week a speaker will present the various aspects of an election issue and participate in a discussion with the students in attendance.’
      • ‘Taking all aspects into consideration, I feel it is better to have the classes from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day.’
      • ‘I have read many books about different aspects of this enormous subject, but none that brings the diverse pieces together so well, in such an absorbing and truly masterly way.’
      • ‘He believes that when discussing and planning the question of curbing lending growth, one has to take several aspects into consideration.’
      • ‘We will deal with the first of those questions in Chapter 17, and will then consider both aspects of enforceability in Chapter 18.’
      • ‘Yes, that may be, but the fact that he has considered all the aspects of it is for him.’
      • ‘I am not a doctor but I think he made several great points regarding the medical aspect of the issue.’
      detail, item, particular, fact, thing, piece of information, idea, argument, consideration, factor, element, regard, respect
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    2. 1.2 A particular appearance or quality.
      ‘the air of desertion lent the place a sinister aspect’
      mass noun ‘a man of decidedly foreign aspect’
      • ‘A large window with a sunny aspect overlooks the rear garden.’
      • ‘So there's a striking contrast between the grim aspect of the kitchens and vaults at ground floor level, and the movement of space and light at first-floor level and above.’
      • ‘A huge glass roof gives an interesting aspect to the bar area.’
      • ‘Outside, the delightful wooded gardens have extensive river frontage and a sunny aspect.’
      • ‘He was in his thirties, a new teacher, and the red mop on his head and wide-rimmed glasses gave him the stereotype-geek aspect.’
      • ‘The earliest vineyards were selected to provide a sunny aspect, commonly on a hillside slope, a sufficient depth of soil, and access to water for the roots.’
      • ‘Appearances apart, there is difference in quality aspects like lustre.’
      appearance, look, air, bearing, cast, manner, mien, demeanour, deportment, expression, countenance, features, semblance, guise, impression, effect
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  • 2usually in singular The positioning of a building or other structure in a particular direction.

    ‘a greenhouse with a southern aspect’
    • ‘The curved feature of the exhibition has been designed to offset the northerly aspect of the building's position.’
    • ‘Planted with a southern aspect to take advantage of the low arc of the winter sun, it has trees, shrubs, herbaceous plants and dwarf bulbs.’
    • ‘The building has a northern aspect, with no apparent connection or doorway to the south, where the walls are built against bedrock.’
    • ‘This is a viewpoint sandwich stop with a southerly aspect.’
    • ‘Slope aspect or direction of exposure may also influence surface runoff.’
    outlook, view, exposure, direction, situation, position, location
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    1. 2.1 The side of a building facing a particular direction.
      ‘the front aspect of the hotel was unremarkable’
      • ‘The first reception room, a dual aspect family/dining room, is located on the ground floor and has a maple floor, recessed lighting and double doors to the garden.’
      • ‘Across the hall is the master bedroom, which enjoys a south-westerly aspect and has high ceilings.’
      • ‘Completing the downstairs accommodation is a dual aspect dining room with another Adam-style fireplace and a bedroom which is currently used as a study.’
      • ‘The dual aspect master bedroom extends the length of the property and is fitted with a tiled fireplace and a wooden wardrobe with overhead presses.’
      • ‘The dual aspect living room has polished wooden floors, an open fireplace with stone surround and a picture rail.’
      • ‘The drawing room has a picture window overlooking the front garden and French doors to the side, while the dining area enjoys a dual aspect.’
      • ‘To the right, the dual aspect living room overlooks the front garden through a bay window and has a picture window to the back.’
      • ‘In stark contrast to the closed area of the courtyard or the hidden service realm the southern aspect of the house opens itself entirely to the mature garden below.’
      • ‘The dual aspect master bedroom has a dormer window overlooking the front garden and a Velux window to the rear.’
      • ‘The dual aspect dining room is wallpapered in rich green and has views to both the front and rear.’
      • ‘To the right, the dual aspect living/dining room runs the length of the property, is decorated in neutral tones and includes a marble fireplace.’
      • ‘To the right of the entrance hall is a dual aspect drawing room extending the depth of the house and featuring an Adams-style marble fireplace.’
      face, elevation, facade, side
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    2. 2.2Astrology Any of a number of particular angular relationships between one celestial body or point on the ecliptic and another.
      ‘the sun in Aries formed an adverse aspect with Uranus in Capricorn’
      • ‘Its symbolism is partly derived from the fact that a sextile aspect is a division of the whole chart into six.’
      • ‘The former bears a trine aspect to Leo, the sign of the Sun, the latter bears the same agreeable relationship to Cancer, the sign of the Moon.’
      • ‘Also, your progressed moon at 11 Taurus is making a trine aspect to your natal Uranus in Virgo.’
      • ‘The positive aspects of trine and sextile are the areas where tension's resolution is found.’
      • ‘The harmonious aspects bring an easy relationship between the planets involved.’
  • 3Grammar
    mass noun A category or form which expresses the way in which time is denoted by a verb.

    There are three aspects in English, the progressive or continuous aspect (expressing duration, typically using the auxiliary verb be with a form in -ing, as in I was reading a book), the perfect or perfective (expressing completed action, typically using the auxiliary verb have with a past participle, as in I have read the book), and unmarked aspect (as in he reads books)

    ‘the semantics of tense and aspect’
    count noun ‘four verbal aspects’
    • ‘Much of complexity in the use of tense and aspect in English derives from the fact that the categories of perfective and imperfective allow a number of subcategories.’
    • ‘It has something that is similar, but it is really a distinction between imperfective and perfective aspect.’
    • ‘We show that these traditional models of perfective aspect cannot account for the aspectual system of Thai.’
    • ‘It clarifies how developing inflections, particularly tense markers, align with aspect categories and how this association varies across proficiency level.’
    • ‘The tense, aspect, or voice of verbs in academic writing often seems to be related to degrees of generality or relevance or to signal discourse functions like transition or foregrounding.’


[with object]Astrology
  • (of a planet) form an aspect with (another celestial body)

    ‘the sun is superbly aspected by your ruler Mars on the 19th’
    • ‘However, the Part of Fortune is aspected by a sinister trine from Saturn, ruler of the 2nd, which is good.’
    • ‘Since the Part of Fortune is a zodiacal point, it can be said to be aspected by planets, but it does not make aspects itself.’
    • ‘When it is aspected by Neptune, the need is for imagination and escape.’
    • ‘But in your horoscope Saturn in exaltation in the 8th is aspecting guru and this may affect the beneficial results that should come from guru's position.’
    • ‘The lights are well aspected and in trine to each other.’


Late Middle English (denoting the action or a way of looking): from Latin aspectus, from aspicere ‘look at’, from ad- ‘to, at’ + specere ‘to look’.