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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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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The students, following Rippey’s instructions, inhaled with their arms open wide, then exhaled and brought their hands to their chests. Nicole Tsong, The Seattle Times, "Seattle Cancer Care Alliance’s new Integrative Medicine program includes activity as a part of treatment," 7 Sep. 2018 The Dow Jones industrial average climbed 669 points, or 2.8 percent, to close at 24,202 as the markets took a deep breath — then exhaled — over concerns that a trade mess would end a global economic boom. Thomas Heath, BostonGlobe.com, "Stocks surge as concerns ease over a trade war with China," 26 Mar. 2018 This would literally require everyone to drive electric cars and farmers to develop technologies to capture cow flatulence—long after Mr. Brown has stopped exhaling CO2 himself. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Price Californians Will Pay," 12 Sep. 2018 Seahawks free safety Earl Thomas intercepted two passes by Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott, who was sacked five times and rushed at other times. … With the win, the Seahawks can exhale a bit. Seattle Times Sports Staff, The Seattle Times, "What the national media are saying about the Seahawks’ first home win," 24 Sep. 2018 Third, exhale for a count of four seconds through your mouth. Gigi Engle, SELF, "How to Get Really Comfortable in Your Body for Sex," 8 Dec. 2018 Continue alternating between right and left, inhaling for four mountain climbers, and then exhaling for four mountain climbers. Yolanda Edwards, Condé Nast Traveler, "Super Trainer Kayla Itsines on Staying in Shape at 35,000 Feet," 23 July 2018 The evidence comes from portable devices that measure the amounts of oxygen and carbon dioxide that players inhale and exhale, said Barbara Ainsworth, a professor at Arizona State University’s College of Health Solutions. Tom Avril, Philly.com, "World Cup athletes burn a lot of energy. But some sports are even more demanding," 6 July 2018 Those plants are then eaten by animals, who then convert the plants to energy and exhale carbon dioxide. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Sucking CO2 out of the atmosphere, explained," 24 Oct. 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 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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