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Meaning of aspirate

as•pi•rate

Pronunciation: (v.as'pu-rāt"n., adj.,as'pur-it), [key]
— v., n., adj. -rat•ed, -rat•ing,
—v.t.
    1. to articulate (a speech sound, esp. a stop) so as to produce an audible puff of breath, as with the first t of total, the second t being unaspirated.
    2. to articulate (the beginning of a word or syllable) with an h-sound, as in which, pronounced (hwich), or hitch as opposed to witch or itch.
    1. to remove (a fluid) from a body cavity by use of an aspirator or suction syringe.
    2. to inhale (fluid or a foreign body) into the bronchi and lungs, often after vomiting.
  1. to draw or remove by suction.
—n.
  1. a speech sound having as an obvious concomitant an audible puff of breath, as initial stop consonants or initial h-sounds.
  2. the substance or contents that have been aspirated.
—adj.
  1. (of a speech sound) pronounced with or accompanied by aspiration; aspirated.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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