• WordNet 3.6
    • v aspirate suck in (air)
    • v aspirate pronounce with aspiration; of stop sounds
    • v aspirate remove as if by suction "aspirate the wound"
    • n aspirate a consonant pronounced with aspiration
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Aspirate A mark of aspiration (ʽ) used in Greek; the asper, or rough breathing.
    • Aspirate A sound consisting of, or characterized by, a breath like the sound of h; the breathing h or a character representing such a sound; an aspirated sound.
    • Aspirate An elementary sound produced by the breath alone; a surd, or nonvocal consonant; as, f th in thin, etc.
    • a Aspirate Pronounced with the h sound or with audible breath. "But yet they are not aspirate , i. e., with such an aspiration as h."
    • v. t Aspirate To pronounce with a breathing, an aspirate, or an h sound; as, we aspirate the words horse and house; to aspirate a vowel or a liquid consonant.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • aspirate To pronounce with a breathing or an audible emission of breath; pronounce with such a sound as that of the letter h: as, we aspirate the words horse and house, but not hour and honor; cockneys often aspirate words beginning with a vowel.
    • aspirate To remove by aspiration.
    • aspirate To be uttered with an aspirate or strong breathing.
    • aspirate Pronounced with the aspirate or rough breathing; pronounced with the h-sound, or with a strong emission of breath.
    • n aspirate An aspirated sound, or a sound like our h; a sound with which the h-sound is combined, or which corresponds historically to a sound of this nature: thus, the Sanskrit kh, gh, bh, etc., and the Greek ch, th, ph (χ, θ, φ) are called aspirates, as are also the English f, th, which are more properly called breathings or spirants; also, a character or combination of characters representing a sound thus described, as the letter h, the Greek rough breathing, etc.
    • aspirate To impel by aspiration or suction: as, to aspirate a current of air through a tube.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Aspirate as′pir-āt to pronounce with a full breathing, as the letter h in house
    • n Aspirate a mark of aspiration, the rough breathing in Greek (‛): an aspirated letter
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  • James Allen
    “You will become as small as your controlling desire; as great as your dominant aspiration.”
  • Charles Horton Cooley
    “To have no heroes is to have no aspiration, to live on the momentum of the past, to be thrown back upon routine, sensuality, and the narrow self.”
  • Baltasar Gracian
    “Aspire rather to be a hero than merely appear one.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “Claret is the liquor for boys; port for men; but he who aspires to be a hero must drink brandy.”
  • Victor Borge
    Victor Borge
    “Humor is something that thrives between man's aspirations and his limitations. There is more logic in humor than in anything else. Because, you see, humor is truth.”
  • Queen Victoria
    “His purity was too great, his aspiration too high for this poor, miserable world! His great soul is now only enjoying that for which it was worthy!”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. aspiratus, p. p. of aspirare, to breathe toward or upon, to add the breathing h; ad, + spirare, to breathe, blow. Cf. Aspire


In literature:

For many years DeWitt Clinton had had aspirations to become a candidate for President.
"A Political History of the State of New York, Volumes 1-3" by DeAlva Stanwood Alexander
He surveys his enormous erudition, his study of Greek, his aspiration to scholarly fame.
"Erasmus and the Age of Reformation" by Johan Huizinga
His was a suffering as well as an aspiring spirit.
"Classic French Course in English" by William Cleaver Wilkinson
All life is a result and an aspiration, all that exists supposes an origin and tends toward an end.
"The Simple Life" by Charles Wagner
I am not called upon to raise fruits out of the soil of my own will, out of my own infirmity of aspiration or desire.
"My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year" by John Henry Jowett
Some preliminary speeches by political aspirants.
"The Shirley Letters from California Mines in 1851-52" by Louise Amelia Knapp Smith Clappe
Instead of aspiring to Conversion to a higher Type he submits by a law of his nature to Reversion to a lower.
"Natural Law in the Spiritual World" by Henry Drummond
Before deeds are born they are merely thoughts or aspirations.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 11 (of 14)" by Elbert Hubbard
One's life is in his own hands; it is subject to his own will power, to his own energy of aspiration.
"The Life Radiant" by Lilian Whiting
At Laconia she had made some friends, but she was too proud to aspire to the higher ranks or accept overtures from them.
"The Girls at Mount Morris" by Amanda Minnie Douglas

In poetry:

Within the garden's peaceful scene
Appeared two lovely foes,
Aspiring to the rank of queen,
The Lily and the Rose.
"The Lily And The Rose" by William Cowper
Where are the hopes I cherished,
The joys that once I knew,
The dreams, the aspirations?
All, all are perished too.
"Rutha" by Hattie Howard
Yet, not low my aspirations:
High and strong my soul's desire
To assist my toiling brothers
Upward, onward to aspire.
"The Lowly Song of A Lowly Bard" by Janet Hamilton

'Las, Chloe, have I tuned in vain
Mine unaccustomed lyre?
Dost thou despise the classic strain
To which I did aspire?
"Strephon's Song" by Ethel Clifford
To bid the suff'ring soul aspire
A higher bliss to prove,
To wake the pure, refin'd desire,
The hope that rests above!
"Edwin and Eltruda, a Legendary Tale" by Helen Maria Williams
I could give thee thousand kisses,
Hoping what I most desire;
Not a mother's fondest wishes
Can to greater joys aspire.
"Cradle Hymn" by Isaac Watts

In news:

Failed political aspirations that led to irrelevance .
"I was definitely aspiring to play in college," said Smith.
Top 6 courses for aspiring professionals.
In Karachi , New Aspirations To Be A Global Player.
The Palm Desert restaurant gave new jobs to aspiring servers and good food to the customers.
Color Kinetics Inc announced its largest networked lighting system to date: an 11,700 square foot video screen that wraps around Aspire Tower, the tallest building in Doha, Qatar.
David Musil of the Vancouver Giants wonders if his big-league aspirations will be impacted by the potential NHL lockout.
Honda, which has long aspired to launch off the road and into the skies, is one step closer to that goal.
Obama Aspires to a ' Light Touch ,' Not a Heavy Hand.
Aspiring Spanish actress Lina Sanz has a little Angelina Jolie-thing going on.
Ten aspiring slam poets competed in a two-round multi- lingual poetry slam on June 22 hosted by Sonya Renee, a national poetry slam champion and director of poetry events at Busboys and Poets.
Ford has announced that it is adding its corporate 3.7- liter V-6 to the Police Interceptor sedan's option sheet, where it will slot between the base, naturally aspirated 3.5- liter V-6 and the twin-turbo 3.5- liter EcoBoost V-6.
YAEL STROH President Etchie Stroh describes his wife and partner as "my better half and my rock" ("sometimes my excitement and aspirations go a bit overboard -- (I) can rely on Yael to give me a reality check").
Do we need to lower our expectations, aspire to lead from behind or not at all, and warn the kids of tougher times to come.
News Features Columnist helps aspiring movie-maker seek financial help.

In science:

But I think that we ought to take into account the general aspiration of Einstein. I mean that he tried to build a unified field theory.
Quantum theory requires gravity and superrelativity
This aspired to form databases where different sites of heterogeneous databases would cooperate and be updated together.
Information Integration and Computational Logic
If I ever find myself in a position to teach, I will certainly aspire to be as good as Ed.
Computational Asteroseismology
The challenge is great because to enable secure remote electronic voting, the vast majority of computer systems need to have the kind of high assurance aspired to by the TCPA. It is not clear whether or not the majority of PC manufacturers will buy into the concept. The market will decide.
Security Considerations for Remote Electronic Voting over the Internet
In this way it aspires to inspect the architecture of accretion disks as they approach the black hole ergosphere and, most importantly, to produce indirect images that include the warped Kerr spacetime (Reynolds).
Probing the Physics of AGN: A Summary