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English definition of “aspiration”

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.

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.
(Definition of aspiration from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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