breath·​tak·​ing | \ ˈbreth-ˌtā-kiŋ How to pronounce breathtaking (audio) \

Definition of breathtaking

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

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Other Words from breathtaking

breathtakingly \ ˈbreth-​ˌtā-​kiŋ-​lē How to pronounce breathtakingly (audio) \ adverb

Examples of breathtaking in a Sentence

The train raced past with breathtaking speed. They gave a breathtaking performance. The view of the mountains was breathtaking. a scene of breathtaking beauty The scope of the error is breathtaking.
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Recent Examples on the Web Amtrak’s Lake Shore Limited route connects New York and Chicago — a 19-hour trip that rumbles along the breathtaking Great Lakes shoreline and through the scenic Finger Lakes region. Skye Sherman, Travel + Leisure, "7 Beautiful National Parks You Can Explore Via Amtrak," 12 Sep. 2020 Either way, the event is sure to generate some breathtaking images on social media which, luckily, can be enjoyed by anyone, locked down or not. The Economist, "Daily chart Where is the best place to view Manhattanhenge?," 28 May 2020 Interior designer brings warm, cohesive flow to two Louisville homes Georgian revival remodel In Old Louisville, marvelous mansions require equally breathtaking bathrooms. Lennie Omalza, The Courier-Journal, "From heated floors to marble countertops, these bathroom renovations will make you swoon," 28 May 2020 The goal is to bring tuition down for these students from $31,000 a year to a breathtaking $10,000 in order to make higher ed more widely available to people who can’t afford it. Laurent Belsie, The Christian Science Monitor, "Stay-at-home college? Campuses focus on finances, and survival.," 18 May 2020 Aside from being such a breathtaking representation of Black Girl Magic, the song and the video are a reminder that the natural hair movement is only growing. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "This Musical Tribute To Headwraps Is Exactly What We Need Right Now," 18 May 2020 David’s homage to the old stuff at Cattleack is a breathtaking blast from the past. Nick Rallo, Dallas News, "Craving mac and cheese? Try our 7 favorites at these Dallas-area restaurants," 15 May 2020 That would be, by a breathtaking margin, the bleakest quarter since such records were first compiled in 1947. Fox News, "How coronavirus may affect future of American jobs," 30 Apr. 2020 That would be, by a breathtaking margin, the bleakest quarter since such records were first compiled in 1947. CBS News, "U.S. economy shrank nearly 5% in the first quarter — worst slump in a decade," 29 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of breathtaking

1877, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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26 Sep 2020

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“Breathtaking.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2020.

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How to pronounce breathtaking (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of breathtaking

: very exciting
: very great or surprising


breath·​tak·​ing | \ ˈbreth-ˌtā-kiŋ How to pronounce breathtaking (audio) \

Kids Definition of breathtaking

: very exciting or beautiful

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