exhale

verb ex·hale \ eks-ˈhāl , ek-ˈsāl \

Definition of exhale

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

  1. She inhaled deeply and exhaled slowly, trying to relax.

  2. before answering, the suspect exhaled a cloud of cigarette smoke

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Origin and Etymology of exhale

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

exhale Synonyms

Synonyms
blow (out), breathe (out), expel, expire
Antonyms
inbreathe, inhale, inspire
Related Words
expectorate
Near Antonyms
absorb, inhale, soak (up), sponge, suck (up), take up

EXHALE Defined for English Language Learners

exhale

verb

Definition of exhale for English Language Learners

  • : to breathe out


EXHALE Defined for Kids

exhale

verb ex·hale \ eks-ˈhāl \

Definition of exhale for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

exhale

verb ex·hale \ eks-ˈ(h)ā(ə)l \

medical Definition of exhale

exhaled; exhaling
intransitive verb
:to emit breath or vapor
transitive verb
:to breathe out


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