ex·​hale | \ eks-ˈhāl How to pronounce exhale (audio) , ek-ˈsāl \
exhaled; exhaling

Definition of exhale

intransitive verb

1 : to rise or be given off as vapor
2 : to emit breath or vapor

transitive verb

1a : to breathe out she exhaled a sigh
b : to give forth (gaseous matter) : emit
2 archaic : to cause to be emitted in vapor

Synonyms & Antonyms for exhale



Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Examples of exhale in a Sentence

She inhaled deeply and exhaled slowly, trying to relax. before answering, the suspect exhaled a cloud of cigarette smoke
Recent Examples on the Web Inhale through your nose for the count of four, and exhale through your mouth for the count of six. Jeannine Amber, Essence, 3 Apr. 2022 Inhale gently and then exhale fully, but not forcefully. Dana Santas, CNN, 7 July 2021 During the doldrums, the grid will exhale, driving energy to factories, homes, offices, and devices. Matthew Hutson, The New Yorker, 18 Apr. 2022 Someone coughing and sneezing will exhale droplets that can transmit the virus. Katia Hetter, CNN, 13 Apr. 2022 Inhale, then exhale and pull your belly button in towards your spine. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, 7 Mar. 2022 The brace came off, and Jamail Spivey Jr. could exhale. Matt Goul, cleveland, 15 Mar. 2022 Contract pelvic floor muscles and hold for 3 counts, then exhale and return to starting position. Tiffany Ayuda, Health.com, 3 Mar. 2022 Soon, the Bruins were back up by 11 points and everybody could exhale. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, 21 Feb. 2022 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'exhale.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of exhale

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for exhale

Middle English exalen, from Latin exhalare, from ex- + halare to breathe

Learn More About exhale

Time Traveler for exhale

Time Traveler

The first known use of exhale was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Dictionary Entries Near exhale




See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for exhale

Last Updated

6 May 2022

Cite this Entry

“Exhale.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exhale. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More Definitions for exhale


ex·​hale | \ eks-ˈhāl How to pronounce exhale (audio) \
exhaled; exhaling

Kids Definition of exhale

1 : to breathe out
2 : to send forth : give off The pipe exhaled thick smoke.


ex·​hale | \ eks-ˈ(h)ā(ə)l How to pronounce exhale (audio) \
exhaled; exhaling

Medical Definition of exhale

intransitive verb

: to emit breath or vapor

transitive verb

: to breathe out

More from Merriam-Webster on exhale

Nglish: Translation of exhale for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of exhale for Arabic Speakers


Test Your Vocabulary

Name That Color

  • a light greenish blue color
  • Name that color:
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!