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inhale

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verb in·hale \in-ˈhāl\

Simple Definition of inhale

  • : to breathe in

  • : to eat or drink (something) very quickly

Full Definition of inhale

in·haledin·hal·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to draw in by breathing

  3. 2 :  to take in eagerly or greedily <inhaled about four meals at once — Ring Lardner>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to breathe in

in·hale \in-ˈ, ˈin-ˌ\ noun

Examples of inhale

  1. This medicine can now be inhaled.

  2. She inhaled the fresh country air.

  3. He inhaled deeply and exhaled slowly, trying to relax.

  4. After inhaling their dinner, the children ran out the door without even saying goodbye.



Origin of inhale

in- + exhale


First Known Use: 1725


INHALE Defined for Kids

inhale

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verb in·hale \in-ˈhāl\

Definition of inhale

in·haledin·hal·ing

  1. 1 :  to draw in by breathing <I inhaled the fresh air.>

  2. 2 :  to breathe in




Medical Dictionary

inhale

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verb in·hale \in-ˈhā(ə)l\

Medical Definition of inhale

in·haledin·hal·ing

  1. transitive verb

  2. :  to draw in by breathing

  3. intransitive verb

  4. :  to breathe in





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