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.’
    • ‘It also analyzes their financial position and certain aspects of financial change.’
    • ‘We want to be of service to our community, to become a clearing house for newsy features of all aspects of living in Japan.’
    • ‘In addition to the key production and marketing issues, environmental and food safety aspects will also be featured prominently.’
    • ‘In addition to the original trailer, there is a production featurette that discusses various aspects of the production.’
    • ‘The show traditionally features aspects of country life, and this year is no exception.’
    • ‘For several years now I have applied the same finely-honed technique to all aspects of my financial life.’
    • ‘While the session seemed to lessen some of the intrigue, city officials revealed little about financial aspects of the deal.’
    • ‘The inspection also looked into the trust's financial aspects, accounts and performance management.’
    • ‘Our research has found that schools are already teaching aspects of financial literacy and that many more opportunities exist in the curriculum.’
    • ‘This column is packed full of information and features about all aspects of careers, employment, recruitment and qualifications.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 thank them all for their contributions, and we look forward to exploring some other features and aspects of their game in the coming weeks.’
    • ‘Most people's advice centred around the financial aspects of jobs.’
    • ‘Beyond the financial aspect, there are now regulatory aspects associated with data and data retention.’
    • ‘Each tool kit offered advantages in certain aspects as well as features that were unique to each construction set.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Next we set about trying to ascertain exactly which features and aspects of the environment were responsible for causing these effects.’
    • ‘As a result, families are now bearing the main responsible for their children's education, particularly with regard to the financial aspects.’
    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’
      • ‘Yes, that may be, but the fact that he has considered all the aspects of it is for him.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I am not a doctor but I think he made several great points regarding the medical aspect of the issue.’
      • ‘Taking all aspects into consideration, I feel it is better to have the classes from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Each week a speaker will present the various aspects of an election issue and participate in a discussion with the students in attendance.’
      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 huge glass roof gives an interesting aspect to the bar area.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Appearances apart, there is difference in quality aspects like lustre.’
      • ‘Outside, the delightful wooded gardens have extensive river frontage and a sunny aspect.’
      • ‘A large window with a sunny aspect overlooks the rear garden.’
      • ‘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.’
      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’
    • ‘This is a viewpoint sandwich stop with a southerly aspect.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Slope aspect or direction of exposure may also influence surface runoff.’
    • ‘The building has a northern aspect, with no apparent connection or doorway to the south, where the walls are built against bedrock.’
    • ‘The curved feature of the exhibition has been designed to offset the northerly aspect of the building's position.’
    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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Across the hall is the master bedroom, which enjoys a south-westerly aspect and has high ceilings.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The dual aspect living room has polished wooden floors, an open fireplace with stone surround and a picture rail.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 dining room is wallpapered in rich green and has views to both the front and rear.’
      • ‘To the right, the dual aspect living room overlooks the front garden through a bay window and has a picture window to the back.’
      • ‘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 drawing room has a picture window overlooking the front garden and French doors to the side, while the dining area enjoys a dual aspect.’
      • ‘The dual aspect master bedroom has a dormer window overlooking the front garden and a Velux window to the rear.’
      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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Also, your progressed moon at 11 Taurus is making a trine aspect to your natal Uranus in Virgo.’
  • 3Grammar
    mass noun A category or form which expresses the way in which time is denoted by a verb.

    ‘the semantics of tense and aspect’
    count noun ‘four verbal aspects’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It clarifies how developing inflections, particularly tense markers, align with aspect categories and how this association varies across proficiency level.’

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)


[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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘However, the Part of Fortune is aspected by a sinister trine from Saturn, ruler of the 2nd, which is good.’
    • ‘The lights are well aspected and in trine to each other.’
    • ‘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.’


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’.