exhale

verb

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

intransitive verb

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

transitive verb

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

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 Heart Rate And Exercise Intensity The gold standard for determining aerobic exercise intensity is to measure the amount of oxygen consumed and carbon dioxide exhaled. Jason Sawyer, Discover Magazine, 5 Apr. 2024 Everyone rejoices, and Bailey exhales a sigh of relief, turning to her wall of interns to mentally capture the look of awe on their sweet little faces. Lincee Ray, EW.com, 4 Apr. 2024 Heart rate and exercise intensity The gold standard for determining aerobic exercise intensity is to measure the amount of oxygen consumed and carbon dioxide exhaled. Jason Sawyer, The Conversation, 1 Apr. 2024 On Thursday against the Montreal Canadiens, after failing to score for a season-high seven consecutive games, Reinhart was finally able to exhale. Jordan McPherson, Miami Herald, 1 Mar. 2024 The Bruins could exhale after making just 28.1% of their shots from the field in the second half, including two of eight three-pointers. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, 11 Feb. 2024 That said, ongoing storms across the Midwest will exhale cool air, which may undercut storms or shunt the tornado risk farther south. Naomi Schanen, Washington Post, 14 Mar. 2024 Mud spots on her face, the 31-year-old forward exhaled visibly several times while awaiting the whistle. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Mar. 2024 When Angie Cao blasted the ball into the top right-corner of the net, Archbishop Mitty could finally exhale and celebrate. Nathan Canilao, The Mercury News, 3 Mar. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

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

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

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Cite this Entry

“Exhale.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exhale. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

exhale

verb
ex·​hale eks-ˈhāl How to pronounce exhale (audio)
exhaled; exhaling
1
: to breathe out
2
: to send forth (as gas or odor)

Medical Definition

exhale

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

intransitive verb

: to emit breath or vapor

transitive verb

: to breathe out

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