To aspirate is to exhale or breathe air out as you speak. Many languages include word sounds that require the speaker to aspirate.

Many speakers aspirate as they pronounce certain sounds, and in linguistics or speech therapy, it's a common term. In medicine, to aspirate is something very different — it means to suck or breathe in, often in a dangerous way. Someone who drowns, for example, aspirates water as they struggle. The Latin root is aspirare, "to breathe upon, blow upon, or breathe."

Primary Meanings of aspirate

suck in (air)
pronounce with aspiration; of stop sounds
a consonant pronounced with aspiration
Full Definitions of aspirate

v suck in (air)

Type of:
breathe in, inhale, inspire
draw in (air)

v remove as if by suction

aspirate the wound”
draw out, suck out
draw in, suck in
draw in as if by suction
Type of:
remove, take, take away, withdraw
remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract

v pronounce with aspiration; of stop sounds

Type of:
articulate, enounce, enunciate, pronounce, say, sound out
speak, pronounce, or utter in a certain way

n a consonant pronounced with aspiration

Type of:
a speech sound that is not a vowel

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