Meaning of “aspirate” in the English Dictionary

"aspirate" in British English

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aspiratenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈæs.pɪ.rət/ us /ˈæs.pə.rət/ specialized

the sound represented in English by the letter "h", in words such as "house"


uk /ˈæs.pɪ.reɪt/ us /ˈæs.pə.reɪt/

[ I or T ] US specialized biology to breathe in, or to breathe a substance into your lungs by accident

(Definition of “aspirate” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)