Definition of aspiration in English:


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  • 1usually aspirationsA hope or ambition of achieving something.

    ‘the yawning gulf between aspiration and reality’
    • ‘he had nothing tangible to back up his literary aspirations’
    • ‘In my inauguration speech last year I expressed my hopes and aspirations for the year.’
    • ‘It spoke of the hurt as well as the hopes and aspirations of an underclass.’
    • ‘As a consequence the works do not seem to have much relevance to the needs and aspirations of the local community.’
    • ‘I'm afraid I will have to crush your dreams and creative aspirations, for your own good.’
    • ‘More importantly, it reflects the lowering of all our aspirations and expectations.’
    • ‘The survey would not only be of the buildings, but of the attitudes and aspirations of the community.’
    • ‘Until reality can catch up with aspirations, this emotional deprivation will continue.’
    • ‘It amuses me that with all his literary aspirations he can't even spell his own surname.’
    • ‘It is just that aspirations at the club have tended towards the more ambitious side.’
    • ‘Each person has values, plans, aspirations, and feelings about how that life should go.’
    • ‘Government and landlords tried to keep the lid on rising wages and changing social aspirations.’
    • ‘Most important of all it aims to return to us a human face, a set of wants and needs, of aspirations and desires.’
    • ‘It is always easy to achieve equality for the many if we keep our aspirations fairly low.’
    • ‘Keep in mind your summer job does not have to be directly related to your career aspirations.’
    • ‘The team was well prepared and focussed and had genuine aspirations of bring home the cup.’
    • ‘That should never be a reason for ignoring the rights and aspirations of any group of people.’
    • ‘How do you harness the aspirations of your staff through career development opportunities?’
    • ‘We must win the argument for the investment we require in order to realise our collective aspirations.’
    • ‘She works hard for the money, and she also has aspirations to move on up into management.’
    • ‘Again, the bittersweet humour rested on aspirations never being truly realised.’
    desire, hope, longing, yearning, hankering, urge, wish
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    1. 1.1The object of one's hope or ambition; a goal.
      ‘fabrics and oriental rugs were my aspirations’
      • ‘These days, marriage for life is a pleasant thought, a worthwhile aspiration and a goal to aim for, but that's all.’
      • ‘If the will to live exists, it may be deeply affected by core life issues, specifically questions of aspiration, goals, purposes and personal meaning.’
      • ‘There's no real concrete aspiration or goal as of yet.’
      • ‘Therefore, attaining a higher education in colleges and universities has always been the main goal and aspiration of rural students.’
      • ‘In Act I, the characters are given a goal or aspiration, and in Act II, the confrontation section, obstacles are created.’
      • ‘Is it then, a goal, an aspiration, an objective?’
      • ‘This has been an aspiration of our people since our independence.’
      • ‘It had never declared an aspiration to become anything it was not.’
      • ‘If such a commitment is a valuable aspiration and one that our political community wants to facilitate, then we need to examine and remove impediments to such relationships.’
      • ‘To executives, modeling a company's performance on its best-in-class competitor is an ambitious but attainable aspiration.’
      • ‘By then he had also begun his campaign to place the CIG on a firmer legal footing, an aspiration fulfilled early in his successor's term.’
      • ‘One-to-one marketing is a great aspiration.’
      • ‘In the seventeenth century property ownership was the hallmark of the English aristocracy and the aspiration of the middling classes.’
      • ‘In his view, avoiding ‘social dissension’ is more than a policy desideratum or a prudent aspiration.’
      • ‘Most companies see ‘zero defects’ as little more than a lofty aspiration.’
      • ‘Such an aspiration required effort, discipline and intelligence.’
      • ‘But creating that kind of architecture is only possible for a client who really understands the aspiration.’
      • ‘Being good at hand-to-hand combat was never an aspiration of his.’
      • ‘The entire history of artillery is marked by the aspiration of designers and developers to create ever more powerful systems.’
      • ‘‘The continental day is my aspiration,’ he said.’
  • 2Medicine
    The action or process of drawing breath.

    • ‘These factors lead to either inhalation or aspiration of pathogens into the respiratory tract.’
    1. 2.1The action of drawing fluid by suction from a vessel or cavity.
      ‘bathing solutions were changed by careful aspiration’
      • ‘Ultrasonography or aspiration must be used to establish a definitive diagnosis.’
      • ‘Imaging-guided aspiration of fluid collections is another diagnostic aid.’
      • ‘A 20-or 30-mL syringe should be used to provide optimal suction for aspiration.’
      • ‘Samples of stomach fluids obtained by aspiration on three consecutive early mornings should be sent for microscopic examination.’
      • ‘Fine needle aspiration guided by ultrasound was inadequate for diagnosis so a stereotactic core biopsy was performed.’
  • 3Phonetics
    The action of pronouncing a sound with an exhalation of breath.

    ‘there is no aspiration if the syllable begins with s’
    • ‘If voicing is delayed, the voiceless region at the beginning of the vowel is known as aspiration.’
    • ‘She goes on to note that both English and Chinese make use of aspiration in their consonantal systems.’



/ˌaspəˈrāSH(ə)n/ /ˌæspəˈreɪʃ(ə)n/


Late Middle English (in aspiration (sense 3)): from Latin aspiratio(n-), from the verb aspirare (see aspire).