ex·hale | \eks-ˈhāl, 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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Synonyms & Antonyms for exhale


blow (out), breathe (out), expel, expire


inbreathe, inhale, inspire

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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

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Some of our planet’s earliest organisms may have been methanogens - microbes that eat organic molecules and exhale methane gas. Sarah Kaplan, BostonGlobe.com, "Newest NASA discoveries could boost search for ancient life on Mars," 8 June 2018 Her death from cancer hangs over these pages like a long-ago exhaled puff of a Winston. Alan Cumming, New York Times, "David Sedaris Has a New Essay Collection. It Changed Alan Cumming’s Whole Worldview.," 25 May 2018 Continue changing legs with a long inhale and exhale performing six to 10 reps on each side. Mike Candelaria, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Got 5 minutes? You have time to exercise," 11 July 2018 White exhaled after putting up a 93.75 on his first run, assuring the two-time Olympic champion of a spot in the finals. USA TODAY, "Air Show: White leads talented field into halfpipe final," 13 Feb. 2018 On a recent afternoon, Mr. Ahmed, the stadium manager, stepped onto the field with a group of visitors, held out his hands and exhaled. Andrew Keh, New York Times, "The 2022 World Cup Plants Some Trees and Prepares to Step Into the Spotlight," 12 July 2018 Eyes locked on the right field bleachers, searching for his latest homer cresting through the ink-black sky, Max Muncy exhaled and let his bat roll through his fingers. Andy Mccullough, latimes.com, "From unknown to indispensable, Max Muncy is putting up All-Star numbers for the Dodgers," 5 July 2018 Immediately after taking a breath, slowly exhale through your nose and mouth. Emily Abbate, GQ, "Watch Ryan Gosling Go Swimming in his Ralph Lauren Suit," 26 June 2018 Larger people, whether obese or pregnant, exhale more CO2, which is one way mosquitoes target you. Michael Roizen, M.d., And Mehmet Oz, Houston Chronicle, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of treatment," 24 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of exhale

: to breathe out


ex·hale | \eks-ˈhāl \
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 \
exhaled; exhaling

Medical Definition of exhale 

intransitive verb

: to emit breath or vapor

transitive verb

: to breathe out

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evasion of direct action or statement

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