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Definition of aspect noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable] a particular part or feature of a situation, an idea, a problem, etc.; a way in which it may be considered The book aims to cover all aspects of city life. the most important aspect of the debate She felt she had looked at the problem from every aspect. This was one aspect of her character he hadn't seen before. The consultancy gives advice to manufacturers on the health and safety aspects of their products.
  2. 2[uncountable, singular] (formal) the appearance of a place, a situation, or a person Events began to take on a more sinister aspect. the dirty and seedy aspect of the bar
  3. 3[countable, usually singular] (formal) the direction in which a building, window, piece of land, etc. faces; the side of a building that faces a particular direction synonym orientation Our room had a western aspect. The southern aspect of the school was dominated by the mountain.
  4. 4[uncountable, countable] (grammar) the form of a verb that shows, for example, whether the action happens once or repeatedly, is completed or still continuing see also perfect, progressive
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