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aspiration

noun uk   /ˌæs.pɪˈreɪ.ʃən/  us   /-pɚˈeɪ-/

aspiration noun (HOPE)

C2 [C usually plural, U] something that you hope to achieve: I've never had any political aspirations. It's a story about the lives and aspirations of poor Irish immigrants.
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aspiration noun (PHONETICS)

[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.
Translations of “aspiration”
in Chinese (Traditional) 志向,抱負, 渴望達到的目標…
in Russian стремление…
in Turkish özlem, emel, hasretle beklenen…
in Chinese (Simplified) 志向,抱负, 渴望达到的目标…
in Polish aspiracja, aspiracje…
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