aspirate Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “aspirate” in the English Dictionary

"aspirate" in British English

See all translations

aspiratenoun [C]

uk   /ˈæs.pɪ.rət/  us   /-pɚ.ət/ specialized
the ​soundrepresented in ​English by the ​letter "h", in words such as "​house"


uk   us   /ˈæs.pɪ.reɪt/
[T] to ​breathe out ​air when ​pronouncing a plosiveconsonantsound [I or T] US specialized biology to ​breathe in, or to ​breathe a ​substance into ​yourlungs by ​accident
(Definition of aspirate from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “aspirate”
in Chinese (Simplified) 字母h音,送气音…
in Chinese (Traditional) 字母h音,送氣音…
What is the pronunciation of aspirate?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

“aspirate” in British English

Word of the Day


showing no fear of dangerous or difficult things

Word of the Day

Calling occupants of interplanetary craft
Calling occupants of interplanetary craft
by Colin McIntosh,
December 01, 2015
Are you a fan of shows like Doctor Who and Star Trek? Both shows have been around since the 1960s, and, not surprisingly, have generated some of their own vocabulary, some of which has now entered the Cambridge English Dictionary. The phenomenon of fandom, meaning “the state of being a fan of

Read More 

conversational user interface noun
conversational user interface noun
November 30, 2015
a computer interface that provides information to users in normal, conversational speech in response to spoken requests Nearly every major tech company—from Amazon to Intel to Microsoft to Google—is chasing the sort of conversational user interface that Kaplan and his colleagues at PARC imagined decades ago.

Read More