Definition of aspect in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈaspekt/


1A particular part or feature of something: the financial aspect can be overstressed
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  • As a result, families are now bearing the main responsible for their children's education, particularly with regard to the financial aspects.
  • In addition to the key production and marketing issues, environmental and food safety aspects will also be featured prominently.
  • This column is packed full of information and features about all aspects of careers, employment, recruitment and qualifications.
feature, facet, side, characteristic, particular, detail;
angle, slant
1.1A specific way in which something can be considered: from every aspect, theirs was a changing world
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  • I am not a doctor but I think he made several great points regarding the medical aspect of the issue.
  • Each week a speaker will present the various aspects of an election issue and participate in a discussion with the students in attendance.
  • We will deal with the first of those questions in Chapter 17, and will then consider both aspects of enforceability in Chapter 18.
1.2 [in singular] A particular appearance or quality: the air of desertion lent the place a sinister aspect a man of decidedly foreign aspect
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  • Appearances apart, there is difference in quality aspects like lustre.
  • So there's a striking contrast between the grim aspect of the kitchens and vaults at ground floor level, and the movement of space and light at first-floor level and above.
  • A huge glass roof gives an interesting aspect to the bar area.
appearance, look, air, cast, mien, demeanor, expression;
atmosphere, mood, quality, ambience, feeling
2 [usually in singular] The positioning of a building or thing in a specified direction: a greenhouse with a southern aspect
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  • Slope aspect or direction of exposure may also influence surface runoff.
  • Planted with a southern aspect to take advantage of the low arc of the winter sun, it has trees, shrubs, herbaceous plants and dwarf bulbs.
  • This is a viewpoint sandwich stop with a southerly aspect.
2.1The side of a building facing a particular direction: the front aspect of the hotel was unremarkable
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  • To the right, the dual aspect living/dining room runs the length of the property, is decorated in neutral tones and includes a marble fireplace.
  • The dual aspect dining room is wallpapered in rich green and has views to both the front and rear.
  • To the right, the dual aspect living room overlooks the front garden through a bay window and has a picture window to the back.
2.2 Astrology A particular position of a planet or other celestial body relative to another, as measured by angular distance: the sun in Aries formed an adverse aspect with Uranus in Capricorn
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  • The positive aspects of trine and sextile are the areas where tension's resolution is found.
  • The harmonious aspects bring an easy relationship between the planets involved.
  • Also, your progressed moon at 11 Taurus is making a trine aspect to your natal Uranus in Virgo.
3 Grammar A grammatical category or form that expresses the way in which time is denoted by the verb: the semantics of tense and aspect four verbal aspects

There are two aspects in English, the progressive or continuing aspect (expressing duration, typically using the auxiliary verb be with a form in -ing, as in I was reading a book) and the perfect or perfective (expressing completed action, typically using the auxiliary verb have with a past participle, as in I have read the book).

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  • The tense, aspect, or voice of verbs in academic writing often seems to be related to degrees of generality or relevance or to signal discourse functions like transition or foregrounding.
  • It has something that is similar, but it is really a distinction between imperfective and perfective aspect.
  • It clarifies how developing inflections, particularly tense markers, align with aspect categories and how this association varies across proficiency level.


[with object] Astrology
(Of a planet) form an aspect with (another celestial body): the sun is superbly aspected by your ruler Mars on the 19th
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  • Since the Part of Fortune is a zodiacal point, it can be said to be aspected by planets, but it does not make aspects itself.
  • However, the Part of Fortune is aspected by a sinister trine from Saturn, ruler of the 2nd, which is good.
  • The lights are well aspected and in trine to each other.



Pronunciation: /aˈspek(t)SH(o͞o)əl/
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  • It could well be that the aspectual markers introduce events.
  • Reception is one of the most powerful considerations in traditional astrology - its presence in an aspectual contact is capable of completely overturning the otherwise expected meaning.
  • It seems that both constructions are compatible with the different aspectual meanings, but to different degrees.


Late Middle English (denoting the action or a way of looking at something): from Latin aspectus, from aspicere 'look at', from ad- 'to, at' + specere 'to look'.

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Syllabification: as·pect

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