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gasp

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verb \ˈgasp\

Simple Definition of gasp

  • : to breathe in suddenly and loudly with your mouth open because of surprise, shock, or pain

  • : to breathe with difficulty

  • : to say (something) with quick, difficult breaths

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of gasp

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to catch the breath convulsively and audibly (as with shock)

  3. 2 :  to breathe laboriously

  4. transitive verb
  5. :  to utter in a gasping manner

gasp

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Examples of gasp in a sentence

  1. Mom gasped in surprise at the sight of my sister's new haircut.

  2. He gasped as he stepped into the icy water.

  3. a dying man gasping for breath

  4. She was gasping for air.



Origin and Etymology of gasp

Middle English; akin to Old Norse geispa to yawn


First Known Use: 14th century


GASP Defined for Kids

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verb \ˈgasp\

Definition of gasp for Students

gasped

gasping

  1. 1 :  to breathe in suddenly and loudly with the mouth open because of surprise, shock, or pain <I could see … spectators gasping at moves no human had ever made before. — Jerry Spinelli, Crash>

  2. 2 :  to breathe with difficulty :  pant <The runners were gasping after the race.>

  3. 3 :  to utter with quick difficult breaths <“I think we're lost,” she gasped.>




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Definition of gasp for Students

  1. 1 :  the act of breathing in suddenly or with difficulty <I heard the crowd's loud gasp.>

  2. 2 :  something gasped <He let out a gasp of surprise.>





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