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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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 My limbs, legs and foot, frozen, exhaling softly to keep the right angle, while a photo assistant adjusts a strap on my shoe, or the photographer directs me to move my foot an inch this way or that. Isobella Jade, SELF, "Carrying My Father's Memory, and His Coffee Cup," 18 Oct. 2018 That might sound as dry as a middle school science class, but Ignotofsky enlivens the concepts by illustrating them, showing how carbon moves through a sheep snacking on grass, pooping on the ground, and exhaling into the air. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "Get a grip on the natural world with this beautiful manual for the planet," 15 Sep. 2018 Either way, Aaron Crow fans can exhale knowing that the magician's fate is now in the hands of America. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Why 'America's Got Talent' Fans Flipped Out at Mel B During Aaron Crow's Performance," 29 Aug. 2018 While executing a mock freestyle stroke with your arms, focus on inhaling between strokes, with your face to the side, and exhaling with your face—which would be in the water, of course—down. Emily Abbate, GQ, "Watch Ryan Gosling Go Swimming in his Ralph Lauren Suit," 26 June 2018 Drug cleanup expert Lee Yelin of Water Rights Inc. tested the facility and found methamphetamine residue inside the cabinet and in an employee bathroom, where smoke exhaled into a vent fan permeated the entire facility, according to KULR. Don Sweeney, sacbee, "Day care worker built ‘drug den’ inside cabinet to smoke meth, Montana cops say | The Sacramento Bee," 15 Apr. 2018 If Nola boosted the Phillies’ confidence, Nick Williams’ two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh allowed them to exhale. Scott Lauber, Philly.com, "Phillies top Orioles as Aaron Nola delivers another ace-worthy outing," 4 July 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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