breathtaking

adjective breath·tak·ing \ ˈbreth-ˌtā-kiŋ \
|Updated on: 15 Jul 2018

Definition of breathtaking

1 : causing one to breathe rapidly or with difficulty : making one out of breath
  • a breathtaking pain in her side
2 a : exciting, thrilling
  • a breathtaking race
b : very great : astonishing
  • his breathtaking ignorance

breathtakingly

play \-kiŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of breathtaking in a Sentence

  1. The train raced past with breathtaking speed.

  2. They gave a breathtaking performance.

  3. The view of the mountains was breathtaking.

  4. a scene of breathtaking beauty

  5. The scope of the error is breathtaking.

Recent Examples of breathtaking from the Web

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First Known Use of breathtaking

1877

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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BREATHTAKING Defined for English Language Learners

breathtaking

Definition of breathtaking for English Language Learners

  • : very exciting

  • : very great or surprising


BREATHTAKING Defined for Kids

breathtaking

adjective breath·tak·ing \ ˈbreth-ˌtā-kiŋ \

Definition of breathtaking for Students

: very exciting or beautiful


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