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noun     aspect pronunciation in British English
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  1. 1
    [countable] a particular part, feature, or quality of something
    aspect of:

    a system of rules that covers almost every aspect of their lives

    consider/discuss/deal with/focus on an aspect:

    This chapter will consider several important aspects of the teaching process.

    the safety/security/health etc aspect:

    The car has to look good, but without forgetting the safety aspect.

  2. 2
    [countable] [usually singular] formal the direction in which a building or window faces
  3. 3
    [singular] formal the appearance of someone or something
  4. 4
    [countable/uncountable] linguistics the form of a verb group indicating whether an action, event, or situation is seen as continuing or as complete. In English there are two aspects, the progressive, such as ‘is arriving’ or ‘was arriving’, and the perfective, such as ‘has seen’ and ‘had seen’.


to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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