Definition of aspiration in English:

aspiration

noun

  • 1usually aspirationsA hope or ambition of achieving something:

    ‘the needs and aspirations of the people’
    [mass noun] ‘the yawning gulf between aspiration and reality’
    • ‘As a consequence the works do not seem to have much relevance to the needs and aspirations of the local community.’
    • ‘Each person has values, plans, aspirations, and feelings about how that life should go.’
    • ‘In my inauguration speech last year I expressed my hopes and aspirations for the year.’
    • ‘It spoke of the hurt as well as the hopes and aspirations of an underclass.’
    • ‘I'm afraid I will have to crush your dreams and creative aspirations, for your own good.’
    • ‘Most important of all it aims to return to us a human face, a set of wants and needs, of aspirations and desires.’
    • ‘How do you harness the aspirations of your staff through career development opportunities?’
    • ‘Again, the bittersweet humour rested on aspirations never being truly realised.’
    • ‘That should never be a reason for ignoring the rights and aspirations of any group of people.’
    • ‘It is just that aspirations at the club have tended towards the more ambitious side.’
    • ‘It amuses me that with all his literary aspirations he can't even spell his own surname.’
    • ‘More importantly, it reflects the lowering of all our aspirations and expectations.’
    • ‘It is always easy to achieve equality for the many if we keep our aspirations fairly low.’
    • ‘Government and landlords tried to keep the lid on rising wages and changing social aspirations.’
    • ‘The team was well prepared and focussed and had genuine aspirations of bring home the cup.’
    • ‘Until reality can catch up with aspirations, this emotional deprivation will continue.’
    • ‘The survey would not only be of the buildings, but of the attitudes and aspirations of the community.’
    • ‘We must win the argument for the investment we require in order to realise our collective aspirations.’
    • ‘She works hard for the money, and she also has aspirations to move on up into management.’
    • ‘Keep in mind your summer job does not have to be directly related to your career aspirations.’
    desire, hope, longing, yearning, hankering, urge, wish
    aim, ambition, expectation, inclination, objective, goal, target, end, object, dream
    yen, itch
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  • 2Medicine
    [mass noun] The action or process of drawing breath.

    • ‘These factors lead to either inhalation or aspiration of pathogens into the respiratory tract.’
    1. 2.1 The action of drawing fluid by suction from a vessel or cavity:
      ‘bathing solutions were changed by careful aspiration’
      • ‘Ultrasonography or aspiration must be used to establish a definitive diagnosis.’
      • ‘A 20-or 30-mL syringe should be used to provide optimal suction for aspiration.’
      • ‘Imaging-guided aspiration of fluid collections is another diagnostic aid.’
      • ‘Fine needle aspiration guided by ultrasound was inadequate for diagnosis so a stereotactic core biopsy was performed.’
      • ‘Samples of stomach fluids obtained by aspiration on three consecutive early mornings should be sent for microscopic examination.’
  • 3Phonetics
    [mass noun] The action of pronouncing a sound with an exhalation of breath:

    ‘there is no aspiration if the syllable begins with s’
    • ‘If voicing is delayed, the voiceless region at the beginning of the vowel is known as aspiration.’
    • ‘She goes on to note that both English and Chinese make use of aspiration in their consonantal systems.’

Origin

Late Middle English (in aspiration): from Latin aspiratio(n-), from the verb aspirare (see aspire).

Pronunciation:

aspiration

/aspəˈreɪʃ(ə)n/