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parts of speech:
transitive verb, noun, adjective
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part of speech: transitive verb
pronunciation: ae sp reIt
inflections: aspirated, aspirates, aspirating
definition 1: in phonetics, to pronounce (a speech sound) with an audible release or rush of air, as the "h" in "helium" or the "p" in "pickle".
definition 2: to remove or draw out by suction, as with an aspirator.
definition 3: to inhale (fluid) into the respiratory tract.
part of speech: noun
pronunciation: aes pr t
definition: in phonetics, a speech sound pronounced with an audible release or rush of air, such as the initial "h," "t," "p," or "k" sounds in English.
part of speech: adjective
pronunciation: aes pr t
definition: of a speech sound, pronounced with or followed by a puff of breath; aspirated.
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The word aspirate 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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-ate1 Latin verb-forming suffix that means to make, cause, do
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The suffix -ate primarily forms transitive verbs from Latin bases. Many -ate verbs were loanwords from Latin. Verbs ending in -ate combine with the suffix -ion to form nouns ending in -ation. These verbs also have corresponding agent nouns ending in -ator (navigator, dictator, elevator).