Definitions for: Aspiration


[n] the act of inhaling; the drawing in of air (or other gases) as in breathing
[n] a will to succeed
[n] a manner of articulation involving an audible release of breath
[n] a cherished desire; "his ambition is to own his own business"



Webster (1913) Definition: As`pi*ra"tion, n. [L. aspiratio, fr. aspirare: cf.
F. aspiration.]
1. The act of aspirating; the pronunciation of a letter with
a full or strong emission of breath; an aspirated sound.

If aspiration be defined to be an impetus of
breathing. --Wilkins.

2. The act of breathing; a breath; an inspiration.

3. The act of aspiring of a ardently desiring; strong wish;
high desire. ``Aspirations after virtue.'' --Johnson.

Vague aspiration after military renown. --Prescott.

Synonyms: ambition, breathing in, dream, inhalation, inspiration

See Also: ambition, ambitiousness, American Dream, articulation, breath, breathing, desire, drag, emulation, external respiration, gasp, nationalism, pant, puff, pull, respiration, ventilation

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