Definition of aspect in US English:



  • 1A particular part or feature of something.

    ‘the financial aspect can be overstressed’
    • ‘This column is packed full of information and features about all aspects of careers, employment, recruitment and qualifications.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Each tool kit offered advantages in certain aspects as well as features that were unique to each construction set.’
    • ‘The show traditionally features aspects of country life, and this year is no exception.’
    • ‘Most people's advice centred around the financial aspects of jobs.’
    • ‘Our research has found that schools are already teaching aspects of financial literacy and that many more opportunities exist in the curriculum.’
    • ‘Next we set about trying to ascertain exactly which features and aspects of the environment were responsible for causing these effects.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I think a regrettable feature of some aspects of the environmental movement is that it turns its back on technology.’
    • ‘Beyond the financial aspect, there are now regulatory aspects associated with data and data retention.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘While the session seemed to lessen some of the intrigue, city officials revealed little about financial aspects of the deal.’
    • ‘For several years now I have applied the same finely-honed technique to all aspects of my financial life.’
    • ‘The inspection also looked into the trust's financial aspects, accounts and performance management.’
    • ‘In addition to the original trailer, there is a production featurette that discusses various aspects of the production.’
    • ‘As a result, families are now bearing the main responsible for their children's education, particularly with regard to the financial aspects.’
    • ‘In addition to the key production and marketing issues, environmental and food safety aspects will also be featured prominently.’
    feature, facet, side, characteristic, particular, detail, point, ingredient, strand
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    1. 1.1 A specific way in which something can be considered.
      ‘from every aspect theirs was a changing world’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He believes that when discussing and planning the question of curbing lending growth, one has to take several aspects into consideration.’
      • ‘Each week a speaker will present the various aspects of an election issue and participate in a discussion with the students in attendance.’
      • ‘We will deal with the first of those questions in Chapter 17, and will then consider both aspects of enforceability in Chapter 18.’
      detail, item, particular, fact, thing, piece of information, idea, argument, consideration, factor, element, regard, respect
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    2. 1.2in singular A particular appearance or quality.
      ‘the air of desertion lent the place a sinister aspect’
      ‘a man of decidedly foreign aspect’
      • ‘A huge glass roof gives an interesting aspect to the bar area.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Outside, the delightful wooded gardens have extensive river frontage and a sunny aspect.’
      • ‘A large window with a sunny aspect overlooks the rear garden.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 thing in a specified direction.

    ‘a greenhouse with a southern aspect’
    • ‘The building has a northern aspect, with no apparent connection or doorway to the south, where the walls are built against bedrock.’
    • ‘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 curved feature of the exhibition has been designed to offset the northerly aspect of the building's position.’
    • ‘This is a viewpoint sandwich stop with a southerly aspect.’
    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 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 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.’
      • ‘The dual aspect master bedroom has a dormer window overlooking the front garden and a Velux window to the 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.’
      • ‘The dual aspect dining room is wallpapered in rich green and has views to both the front and rear.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 living room has polished wooden floors, an open fireplace with stone surround and a picture rail.’
      • ‘To the right, the dual aspect living room overlooks the front garden through a bay window and has a picture window to the back.’
      face, elevation, facade, side
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    2. 2.2Astrology A particular position of a planet or other celestial body relative to another, as measured by angular distance.
      ‘the sun in Aries formed an adverse aspect with Uranus in Capricorn’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
  • 3Grammar
    A grammatical category or form that expresses the way in which time is denoted by the verb.

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

    ‘the semantics of tense and aspect’
    ‘four verbal aspects’
    • ‘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 has something that is similar, but it is really a distinction between imperfective and perfective aspect.’
    • ‘It clarifies how developing inflections, particularly tense markers, align with aspect categories and how this association varies across proficiency level.’
    • ‘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.’


[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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When it is aspected by Neptune, the need is for imagination and escape.’
    • ‘However, the Part of Fortune is aspected by a sinister trine from Saturn, ruler of the 2nd, which is good.’


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’.