aspirate

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."

Definitions of aspirate
  1. verb
    suck in (air)
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    type of:
    breathe in, inhale, inspire
    draw in (air)
  2. verb
    remove as if by suction
    aspirate the wound”
    synonyms: draw out, suck out
    draw in, suck in
    draw in as if by suction
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    type of:
    remove, take, take away, withdraw
    remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract
  3. verb
    pronounce with aspiration; of stop sounds
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    type of:
    articulate, enounce, enunciate, pronounce, say, sound out
    speak, pronounce, or utter in a certain way
  4. noun
    a consonant pronounced with aspiration
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    type of:
    consonant
    a speech sound that is not a vowel
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