Definition of aspiration noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌæspəˈreɪʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌæspəˈreɪʃn//
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  1. 1[countable, usually plural, uncountable] a strong desire to have or do something I didn't realize you had political aspirations. aspiration to do something He has never had any aspiration to earn a lot of money. aspiration for something What changes are needed to meet women's aspirations for employment?
  2. 2 [uncountable] (phonetics) the action of pronouncing a word with a /h/ sound, as in house
  3. Word Originlate Middle English (in sense (2)): from Latin aspiratio(n-), from the verb aspirare, from ad- ‘to’ + spirare ‘breathe’.Extra examples She talked about her hopes and aspirations. a political party that fulfils the aspirations of the British people an aspiration for personal power aspirations towards starting his own business the country’s aspirations to independence He had never had any aspirations to enter politics. What changes are needed to meet women’s aspirations for employment?
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