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Aspirate


AS'PIRATE, verb transitive [Latin aspiro, to breathe or blow; Gr. to palpitate, from spiro. See Spire, Spirit.]

To pronounce with a breathing or full emission of breath. We aspirate the words horse and house.

AS'PIRATE, verb intransitive To be uttered with a strong breathing; as, the letter h aspirates.

AS'PIRATE, noun A letter marked with an asper, or note of breathing; a mark of aspiration, as the Greek accent.

AS'PIRATE, adjective Pronounced with a full breath.