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 From exhaling the smoke into their backpack or sleeves, to simply running out of the bathroom before administrators can catch them mid-puff, kids are making the thousands of dollars schools spend on these things seem like a bit of a waste. Wired, "Vape Detectors in Schools, Mental Health on Pinterest, and More News," 14 Nov. 2019 The 76ers faithful, who had been piling on their hometown team at various points of the second half, exhaled. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Cleveland Cavaliers nearly pull off upset against Philadelphia 76ers, lose 98-97: Chris Fedor’s instant analysis," 13 Nov. 2019 Last July, in Hollywood, when Scott announced that Dixon was no longer the football supervisor, the room exhaled. John Canzano | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Canzano: Pac-12 officiating blunder is a symptom -- conference needs a total reboot," 11 Nov. 2019 In other words, just like us, our planet is constantly ingesting and exhaling carbon, often in the form of carbon dioxide (CO2). National Geographic, "Earth's rocks can absorb a shocking amount of carbon: here’s how," 24 Oct. 2019 Over the course of the two days, from early morning until well into the evening, women shared stories, exhaled a lot, dabbed their eyes with tissues, and formed a drumming circle under the full moon. Sarah Treleaven, Bon Appétit, "From Weight Loss to Self-Empowerment: Women's Retreats Are Changing Their Message," 14 Oct. 2019 Sources that exhale a large amount of CO2 are to blame, and that includes cars, power plants, and airports. Lydia Horne, WIRED, "China Trade Spillover, LA’s Pollution by Block, and More News," 26 Aug. 2019 Even if much of Chicago simply shrugged, the maligned quarterback deserved to exhale. Rich Campbell, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Now it’s on Mitch Trubisky and the Bears to prove the 3-TD surge in their Week 10 win actually means something," 10 Nov. 2019 Post-presentation, nerves were quelled and the designers were able to exhale (The Well’s soothing interior scheme certainly helped) just in time for a cocktail party. Vogue, "Inside the 2019 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Cocktail Design Challenge—Where Finalists Displayed Their Recycled Zara Fabric Creations," 22 Oct. 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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6 Dec 2019

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“Exhale.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exhale?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=e&file=exhale01. Accessed 16 December 2019.

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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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