Aspirate As"pi*rate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Aspirated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Aspirating}.] [L. aspiratus, p. p. of aspirare to breathe toward or upon, to add the breathing h; ad + spirare to breathe, blow. Cf. {Aspire}.] To pronounce with a breathing, an aspirate, or an h sound; as, we aspirate the words horse and house; to aspirate a vowel or a liquid consonant. [1913 Webster]

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  • Aspirate — As pi*rate ([a^]s p[i^]*r[asl]t), Aspirated As pi*ra ted ( r[=a] t[e^]d), a. [L. aspiratus, p. p.] Pronounced with the h sound or with audible breath. [1913 Webster] But yet they are not aspirate, i. e., with such an aspiration as h. Holder.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • aspirate — [as′pə rāt΄; ] for n. & adj. [, as′pər it] vt. aspirated, aspirating [< L aspiratus, pp. of aspirare: see ASPIRE] 1. to begin (a word) or precede (a sonorous speech sound) with a puff of breath resulting in the sound (h) 2. to follow (a… …   English World dictionary

  • Aspirate — As pi*rate, n. 1. A sound consisting of, or characterized by, a breath like the sound of h; the breathing h or a character representing such a sound; an aspirated sound. [1913 Webster] 2. A mark of aspiration ([asper]) used in Greek; the asper,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • aspirate — ► VERB 1) Phonetics pronounce with an exhalation of breath or with the sound of h. 2) Medicine draw (fluid) by suction from a vessel or cavity. 3) technical inhale. ► NOUN Phonetics ▪ an aspirated consonant or sound of h. ORIGIN Latin aspirare,… …   English terms dictionary

  • aspirate — I UK [ˈæspɪreɪt] / US [ˈæspɪˌreɪt] verb [transitive] Word forms aspirate : present tense I/you/we/they aspirate he/she/it aspirates present participle aspirating past tense aspirated past participle aspirated 1) linguistics to breathe out air… …   English dictionary

  • aspirate — 1. noun /ˈæs.pəɹ.ət,ˈæs.pɪ.ɹət,ˈæs.pə.ɹɪt,ˈæs.pəɹ.eɪt,ˈæs.pɪ.ɹeɪt,ˈæs.pə.ɹeɪt,ˈæs.pɪ.ɹeɪt/ a) The puff of air accompanying the release of a plosive consonant. We now come to the so called aspirate [h], which must be also classified as a fricative …   Wiktionary

  • Aspirate — To suck in. A patient may aspirate for example by accidentally drawing material from the stomach into the lungs. A doctor can aspirate a joint. * * * 1. (as′pi rat′)To remove by aspiration. 2. (as′pi rat′)To inhale into the airways foreign… …   Medical dictionary

  • aspirate — {{11}}aspirate (n.) 1725, sound of the letter H , especially at the beginning of a word, from L. aspiratio a breathing, exhalation, the pronunciation of the letter H (see ASPIRE (Cf. aspire)). {{12}}aspirate (v.) to pronounce with audible breath …   Etymology dictionary

  • aspirate — I. noun Date: 1617 1. an independent sound h or a character (as the letter h) representing it 2. a consonant having aspiration as its final component < in English the p of pit is an aspirate > 3. material removed by aspiration II. transitive verb …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • aspirate — as|pi|rate1 [ˈæspıreıt] v [T] technical to make the sound of an H when speaking, or to blow out air when pronouncing some ↑consonants aspirate 2 as|pi|rate2 [ˈæspırıt] n technical the sound of the letter H , or the letter itself …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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