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

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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 The return of the NCAA Tournaments after COVID-19 forced their cancellation last year was supposed to be a joy, an excuse to exhale and pretend that, for three weeks at least, life is normal again. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Ohio State's E.J. Liddell doesn't deserve abuse from sick 'fans' after NCAA Tournament loss," 20 Mar. 2021 For clarity, the simulation only shows 10% of the aerosols, which are not to scale, that the diner would exhale in 10 minutes. USA Today, "Outdoor seating isn’t always safer than indoor dining. Here’s why.," 17 Mar. 2021 The singer of New Orleans soul-rockers the Deslondes gears up for his debut solo album, Start It Over, with this reminder to inhale and exhale the good stuff. Joseph Hudak, Rolling Stone, "RS Country Music Picks for Week of March 1st," 1 Mar. 2021 Here’s how hotels and resorts are helping travelers waiting to exhale this year. Forbes, "2021 Travel Trends, Ski-In, Ski-Out Resorts, New Car Rental Rules And More," 26 Feb. 2021 To practice this, breathe in for three seconds, then hold your breath for one, and exhale out for six seconds. Amy Marturana Winderl, SELF, "6 Ways to Manage Productivity When You Have Bipolar Disorder," 19 Feb. 2021 Hold your breath for seven seconds; then slowly exhale for eight seconds (or longer). Jenny Mccoy, Glamour, "If You’re Waking Up With Anxiety, You’re Not Alone," 27 Jan. 2021 Finally, after Jaylen Clark contested a three-pointer that could have tied the score with 14 seconds left, UCLA could exhale, the Bruins’ comeback complete, their perfect conference record intact following an 81-76 victory over the Huskies. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, "First-place UCLA rallies to beat last-place Washington, improves to 7-0 in Pac-12," 16 Jan. 2021 On a chilly day with the occasional flurry of snowflakes, many finally found the chance to exhale, and to mourn the victims of the pandemic, inside that relative quiet. Los Angeles Times, "Review: An inaugural like no other breathes new life into a besieged tradition: democracy," 20 Jan. 2021

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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

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

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31 Mar 2021

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“Exhale.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exhale. Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of exhale

: to breathe out


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

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