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English definition of “aspiration”

aspiration

noun (PHONETICS)    /ˌæs.pɪˈreɪ.ʃən/ US  /-pɚˈeɪ-/
[U] the noise that is made when air escapes after a plosive consonant sound: In English, aspiration is an important feature in whether we hear a sound as /p/ or /b/ at the beginning of a word.
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