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respire

verb re·spire \ri-ˈspī(-ə)r\
re·spiredre·spir·ing

Definition of RESPIRE

intransitive verb
1
:  breathe; specifically :  to inhale and exhale air successively
2
of a cell or tissue :  to take up oxygen and produce carbon dioxide through oxidation
transitive verb
:  breathe
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Examples of RESPIRE

  1. Fish use their gills to respire.
  2. <though unconscious, the patient is still respiring>

Origin of RESPIRE

Middle English, from Latin respirare, from re- + spirare to blow, breathe
First Known Use: 15th century
RESPIRING Defined for Kids

respire

verb re·spire \ri-ˈspīr\
re·spiredre·spir·ing

Definition of RESPIRE for Kids

:  breathe 1
Medical Dictionary

respire

verb re·spire \ri-ˈspī(ə)r\
re·spiredre·spir·ing

Medical Definition of RESPIRE

intransitive verb
1
:  breathe; specifically :  to inhale and exhale air successively
2
of a cell or tissue :  to take up oxygen and produce carbon dioxide through oxidation
transitive verb
:  breathe

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