aspirate[as′pə rāt′; for n. & adj., -pər it]
- The definition of aspirate is to suck in by inhaling or suck out material from a person's body.
Using a suction syringe to clean out a newborn’s nose is an example of aspirate.
- Aspirate is defined as to blow out air as you say the letter H.
To pronounce the H in the word “huff” is an example of aspirate.
transitive verbaspirated, aspirating
- to begin (a word) or precede (a sonorous speech sound) with a puff of breath resulting in the sound (h)
- to follow (a consonant, esp. a stop) with a puff of suddenly released breath: in English we usually aspirate the sound represented by p, t, or k when it begins a word
- to suck in or draw in, as by inhaling: aspirating dust into the lungs
- Med. to remove (fluid or gas), as from a body cavity, by suction
Origin of aspirate; from Classical Latin aspiratus, past participle of aspirare: see aspire
- the speech sound (h)
- an expiratory breath puff such as follows initial (p), (t), or (k) in English
- a consonant articulated with a following puff of breath
transitive verbas·pi·rat·ed, as·pi·rat·ing, as·pi·rates
- Linguistics a. To pronounce (a vowel or word) with the initial release of breath associated with English h, as in hurry.b. To follow (a consonant, especially a stop consonant) with a puff of breath that is clearly audible before the next sound begins, as in English pit or kit.
- To draw (something) into the lungs; inhale.
- Medicine a. To remove an abnormal accumulation of (a liquid or gas) from the body by aspiration.b. To suction (a body part or growth, for example) for the removal of a liquid or gas.
- Linguistics a. The speech sound represented by English h.b. The puff of air accompanying the release of a stop consonant.c. A speech sound followed by a puff of breath.
- Medicine Matter removed by aspiration.
Origin of aspirateLatin aspīrāre, aspīrāt-, to breathe on : ad-, ad- + spīrāre, to breathe.
(third-person singular simple present aspirates, present participle aspirating, simple past and past participle aspirated)
(comparative more aspirate, superlative most aspirate)
From Latin aspīrātus, perfect passive participle of aspīrō (“breathe upon”).