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Pronunciation:  `aspu'reyshun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the act of inhaling; the drawing in of air (or other gases) as in breathing
  2. [n]  a will to succeed
  3. [n]  a manner of articulation involving an audible release of breath
  4. [n]  a cherished desire; "his ambition is to own his own business"

ASPIRATION is a 10 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: ambition, breathing in, dream, inhalation, inspiration
 See Also: ambition, ambitiousness, American Dream, articulation, breath, breathing, desire, drag, emulation, external respiration, gasp, nationalism, pant, puff, pull, respiration, ventilation



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\As`pi*ra"tion\, n. [L. aspiratio, fr. aspirare: cf.
F. aspiration.]
1. The act of aspirating; the pronunciation of a letter with
   a full or strong emission of breath; an aspirated sound.

         If aspiration be defined to be an impetus of
         breathing.                            --Wilkins.

2. The act of breathing; a breath; an inspiration.

3. The act of aspiring of a ardently desiring; strong wish;
   high desire. ``Aspirations after virtue.'' --Johnson.

         Vague aspiration after military renown. --Prescott.

Medical Dictionary
 Definition: Removal of fluid by suction from cavities such as nose, throat, from a lump, often a cyst, with a needle and a syringe.
Biology Dictionary
  1. Withdrawal by suction.
  2. Sucking foreign material into the lungs as one takes a breath.
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