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’
    • ‘We must win the argument for the investment we require in order to realise our collective aspirations.’
    • ‘More importantly, it reflects the lowering of all our aspirations and expectations.’
    • ‘She works hard for the money, and she also has aspirations to move on up into management.’
    • ‘The survey would not only be of the buildings, but of the attitudes and aspirations of the community.’
    • ‘Government and landlords tried to keep the lid on rising wages and changing social aspirations.’
    • ‘Most important of all it aims to return to us a human face, a set of wants and needs, of aspirations and desires.’
    • ‘It spoke of the hurt as well as the hopes and aspirations of an underclass.’
    • ‘Each person has values, plans, aspirations, and feelings about how that life should go.’
    • ‘That should never be a reason for ignoring the rights and aspirations of any group of people.’
    • ‘The team was well prepared and focussed and had genuine aspirations of bring home the cup.’
    • ‘In my inauguration speech last year I expressed my hopes and aspirations for the year.’
    • ‘I'm afraid I will have to crush your dreams and creative aspirations, for your own good.’
    • ‘It amuses me that with all his literary aspirations he can't even spell his own surname.’
    • ‘Until reality can catch up with aspirations, this emotional deprivation will continue.’
    • ‘How do you harness the aspirations of your staff through career development opportunities?’
    • ‘As a consequence the works do not seem to have much relevance to the needs and aspirations of the local community.’
    • ‘It is just that aspirations at the club have tended towards the more ambitious side.’
    • ‘It is always easy to achieve equality for the many if we keep our aspirations fairly low.’
    • ‘Keep in mind your summer job does not have to be directly related to your career aspirations.’
    • ‘Again, the bittersweet humour rested on aspirations never being truly realised.’
    desire, hope, longing, yearning, hankering, urge, wish
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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.’
      • ‘Fine needle aspiration guided by ultrasound was inadequate for diagnosis so a stereotactic core biopsy was performed.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 (sense 3)): from Latin aspiratio(n-), from the verb aspirare (see aspire).

Pronunciation

aspiration

/aspəˈreɪʃ(ə)n/