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 Lingering on the edge of the photo line, Privé exhaled. Nicole Sganga, CBS News, "Tulsi Gabbard appeals to Trump voters. That may be an obstacle," 29 Jan. 2020 But erring on the side of caution may make one person unhappy but allow 150 other passengers to exhale (or inhale, in the case of body odor). Los Angeles Times, "Remove that offensive shirt, the flight attendant said. Why did she have to?," 10 Oct. 2019 Johnson & Johnson investors exhaled in relief Tuesday, pushing up the company’s shares after an Oklahoma judge imposed a $572 million verdict for the health care giant’s role in the nation’s opioid crisis. Linda A. Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Johnson & Johnson opioid verdict: When is a $572M judgment not so bad? When investors had expected worse.," 28 Aug. 2019 In each cycle, the individual takes a powerful breath in to fully fill the lungs and then passively releases the breath, instead of actively exhaling. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "What Is the Wim Hof Method and Extreme Cold Therapy?," 25 Jan. 2020 Inhale, then exhale quickly and open the arms and pull the band wide again. Stephanie Mansour, NBC News, "5 surprising ways to use a resistance band to boost your health," 11 Jan. 2020 Jones shaking his head, pausing, exhaling a tired breath. Zach Osterman, Indianapolis Star, "'Why not us?' How does Indiana football outrun its history after Gator Bowl letdown?," 3 Jan. 2020 When dogs exhale while panting the most air evaporates and lowers their body temperature. Jo Yurcaba, Woman's Day, "Do Dogs Sweat? Here's What Happens To Your Pup When It's Hot," 2 Jan. 2020 This will be the longest break for them this season, a chance to exhale after a physically grueling early schedule and to mentally decompress and process the loss of Zachary Winston, Cassius’ younger brother who died Nov. 9. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State basketball's defense stifles Eastern Michigan in blowout, 101-48," 22 Dec. 2019

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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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15 Feb 2020

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“Exhale.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exhale. Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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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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