exhale


ex·hale

verb \eks-ˈhāl, ek-ˈsāl\

: to breathe out

ex·haledex·hal·ing

Full Definition of EXHALE

intransitive verb
1
:  to rise or be given off as vapor
2
:  to emit breath or vapor
transitive verb
1
a :  to breathe out <she exhaled a sigh>
b :  to give forth (gaseous matter) :  emit
2
archaic :  to cause to be emitted in vapor

Examples of EXHALE

  1. She inhaled deeply and exhaled slowly, trying to relax.
  2. <before answering, the suspect exhaled a cloud of cigarette smoke>

Origin of EXHALE

Middle English exalen, from Latin exhalare, from ex- + halare to breathe
First Known Use: 14th century

Related to EXHALE

ex·hale

verb \eks-ˈ(h)ā(ə)l\   (Medical Dictionary)
ex·haledex·hal·ing

Medical Definition of EXHALE

intransitive verb
: to emit breath or vapor
transitive verb
: to breathe out

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