breathe


breathe

verb \ˈbrēth\

: to move air into and out of your lungs : to inhale and exhale

: to send (something) out from your lungs through your mouth or nose

: to take (something) into your lungs through your mouth or nose

breathedbreath·ing

Full Definition of BREATHE

intransitive verb
1
a :  to draw air into and expel it from the lungs :  respire; broadly :  to take in oxygen and give out carbon dioxide through natural processes
b :  to inhale and exhale freely
2
:  live
3
a obsolete :  to emit a fragrance or aura
b :  to become perceptible :  be expressed <a personality that breathes and that distinguishes his work — Bennett Schiff>
4
:  to pause and rest before continuing
5
:  to blow softly
6
:  to feel free of restraint <needs room to breathe>
7
of wine :  to develop flavor and bouquet by exposure to air
8
a :  to permit passage of air or vapor <a fabric that breathes>
b of an internal combustion engine :  to use air to support combustion
transitive verb
1
a :  to send out by exhaling
b :  to instill by or as if by breathing <breathe new life into the movement>
2
:  to give rest from exertion to
3
:  to take in in breathing <breathe the scent of pines>
4
:  to inhale and exhale <breathe air>
5
a :  utter, express <don't breathe a word of it to anyone>
b :  to make manifest :  evince <the novel breathes despair>
breathe down one's neck
1
:  to threaten especially in attack or pursuit
2
:  to keep one under close or constant surveillance <parents always breathing down his neck>
breathe easy or breathe easier or breathe easily or breathe freely
:  to enjoy relief (as from pressure or danger)

Examples of BREATHE

  1. He was breathing hard from running.
  2. The patient suddenly stopped breathing.
  3. I can hardly breathe with all this smoke.
  4. He wants to live where he can breathe clean air.
  5. a dragon that breathes fire
  6. People usually contract the virus by breathing contaminated air.
  7. Breathe deeply and then exhale.
  8. I'll never give up as long as I'm still breathing.
  9. a living, breathing human being
  10. No one was more grief-stricken by Lincoln's assassination than Stanton, who spoke the imperishable words as the president breathed his last: Now he belongs to the ages. —James M. McPherson, New York Times Book Review, 6 Nov. 2005

Origin of BREATHE

Middle English brethen, from breth (see breath)
First Known Use: 14th century

breathe

verb \ˈbrēth\   (Medical Dictionary)
breathedbreath·ing

Medical Definition of BREATHE

intransitive verb
1
: to draw air into and expel it from the lungs : respire; broadly : to take in oxygen and give out carbon dioxide through natural processes
2
: to inhale and exhale freely
transitive verb
: to inhale and exhale <breathing fresh air>

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