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aspect

as·pect

aspect

 
pronunciation:
ae spekt
features:
Word Parts
part of speech: noun
definition 1: an element or part.
Several aspects of the speech deserve analysis.Its controversiality is the aspect of the case that roused so much public interest.
 
synonyms:
element, part
similar words:
angle, attribute, characteristic, facet, factor, feature, phase, regard
definition 2: the appearance of something as seen from a particular perspective.
Here is a photograph of the front aspect of the church.
synonyms:
appearance
similar words:
complexion, front, outside, side, view
definition 3: the point of view from which something is seen or considered, or the manner in which something is considered.
We are looking at the issue from completely different aspects.
synonyms:
angle, side
similar words:
appearance, interpretation, light, perspective, regard, slant, standpoint, viewpoint, way
definition 4: facial expression.
Her angry aspect told us we'd better not say anything more.
synonyms:
countenance, demeanor, expression
similar words:
air, cast, face, look, mien, visage
definition 5: in grammar, a category of verb inflections, such as past perfect and past progressive, that indicate whether an action or state is ended or continues, is singular or repeated, and the like.
"Walked" and "was walking" are both past tense forms of the verb "walk," but they differ with respect to aspect.
similar words:
tense
Word Parts
The word aspect contains the following parts:
a-3 Latin prefix that means to, toward
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The prefix a-3 occurs in Latin and Old French loanwords. It is an assimilated form of ad-, which, in Latin loanwords, is used before roots beginning with "s" and another consonant, such as "spect" and "scrib." See ad-.
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