1 A hope, desire, or ambition to achieve a specified goal. Hence an aspiration level or level of aspiration is a goal or target that a person sets for future achievement.
2 Audible breath that may accompany the articulation of a speech sound. For example, in most accents (1) of English, the initial consonants in the words pen, ten, and ken are followed by a brief sound like /h/ before the voicing of the vowel begins, but when /p/, /t/, or /k/ is preceded by /s/, as in spy, sty, and sky, it is not aspirated. See also Grassmann's law (linguistics). aspirate vb. 1. To pronounce a speech sound with aspiration (2). n.2. A speech sound pronounced with aspiration (2). [From Latin aspirare to aspire to achieve something, from ad to + spirare to breathe + -ation indicating a process or condition]