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



    BrE BrE//ˈæspekt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈæspekt//
    How a building looks
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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[singular, uncountable] (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 See related entries: How a building looks
  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. See related entries: How a building looks
  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 (7), progressive (3)
  5. Word Originlate Middle English (denoting the action or a way of looking): from Latin aspectus, from aspicere ‘look at’, from ad- ‘to, at’ + specere ‘to look’.Extra examples Questions also cover much broader aspects of general health and fitness. The project has two main aspects. The service was excellent in every aspect. They provided assistance on various aspects of the job. This plan is very good from the social aspect. We will be looking at many different aspects of pollution. a unique collection illustrating aspects of Irish transport history the formal aspects of the language system the positive aspects to retirement the theoretical aspects of the course the worst aspects of tourism The most important aspects of the debate were covered. This was one aspect of her character he hadn’t seen before.
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