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ASPIRATION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does aspiration mean? 

ASPIRATION (noun)
  The noun ASPIRATION has 4 senses:

1. a will to succeed
2. a cherished desire
3. a manner of articulation involving an audible release of breath
4. the act of inhaling; the drawing in of air (or other gases) as in breathing

  Familiarity information: ASPIRATION used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


ASPIRATION (noun)


Sense 1aspiration [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A will to succeed

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Hypernyms ("aspiration" is a kind of...):

ambition; ambitiousness (a strong drive for success)


Sense 2aspiration [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A cherished desire

Classified under:

Nouns denoting feelings and emotions

Synonyms:

ambition; aspiration; dream

Context example:

his ambition is to own his own business

Hypernyms ("aspiration" is a kind of...):

desire (the feeling that accompanies an unsatisfied state)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "aspiration"):

American Dream (the widespread aspiration of Americans to live better than their parents did)

emulation (ambition to equal or excel)

nationalism (the aspiration for national independence felt by people under foreign domination)


Sense 3aspiration [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A manner of articulation involving an audible release of breath

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Hypernyms ("aspiration" is a kind of...):

articulation (the aspect of pronunciation that involves bringing articulatory organs together so as to shape the sounds of speech)


Sense 4aspiration [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of inhaling; the drawing in of air (or other gases) as in breathing

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

breathing in; inhalation; aspiration; inspiration

Hypernyms ("aspiration" is a kind of...):

breath (the process of taking in and expelling air during breathing)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "aspiration"):

gasp; pant (a short labored intake of breath with the mouth open)

drag; puff; pull (a slow inhalation (as of tobacco smoke))

Holonyms ("aspiration" is a part of...):

breathing; external respiration; respiration; ventilation (the bodily process of inhalation and exhalation; the process of taking in oxygen from inhaled air and releasing carbon dioxide by exhalation)


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