Definition of breathe
2 : live
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
8a : to permit passage of air or vapor a fabric that breathesb of an internal combustion engine : to use air to support combustion
breathe down one's neck
Examples of breathe in a Sentence
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
However, liquid nitrogen is not used for higher levels of fog because breathing this substance is unsafe. Dry ice is a safer material, and can be used either at ground level or higher. —Patricia D. Netzley, Encylopedia Of Movie Special Effects, 2000
Earth is surrounded by a life-giving gaseous envelope called the atmosphere. This thin blanket of air is an integral part of the planet. It not only provides the air that we breathe but also acts to protect us from the dangerous radiation emitted by the Sun. —Frederick K. Lutgens et al., The Atmosphere, 1979/2001
… The tinder burned all right, but that was as far as I got. I blew on it, I breathed on it, I cupped it in my hands, but no sooner did I add twigs than the whole thing went black. —Jean Craighead George, My Side of the Mountain, (1959) 2001
He was breathing hard from running.
The patient suddenly stopped breathing.
I can hardly breathe with all this smoke.
He wants to live where he can breathe clean air.
a dragon that breathes fire
People usually contract the virus by breathing contaminated air.
Breathe deeply and then exhale.
I'll never give up as long as I'm still breathing.
a living, breathing human being
Recent Examples of breathe from the Web
Does that make Aztecs fans breathe a little easier?
On Thursday, Omulepu was performing a cosmetic procedure on a 30-year-old woman who suddenly stopped breathing and later died, according to police reports.
In Syria’s capital these days, people are breathing a little easier.
While Indonesia has been fighting local militants since 2002, the rise of the Islamic State group has breathed new life into those militant networks and raised concern about the risk of Indonesian fighters returning home from the Middle East.
Lacking nervous system stimulation, the muscles soon begin to weaken, twitch and waste away until individuals can no longer speak, eat, move or even breathe on their own.
For those afflicted, ingestion of certain foods makes the immune system overreact; reactions can range from mild, such as itchiness, to potentially fatal anaphylaxis, a condition that can include trouble breathing and poor blood circulation.
Brin's airship supposedly uses a revolutionary design containing air sacs that can breathe, letting air in or out to control buoyancy.
The Liberty National building's owners are in the process of breathing life back into the 80-year-old building.
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Origin and Etymology of breathe
Middle English brethen, from breth —see breath
First Known Use: 14th century
BREATHE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of breathe for English Language Learners
: 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
BREATHE Defined for Kids
Definition of breathe for Students
Medical Definition of breathe
intransitive verb: 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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