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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Every puff Ariane and Drew exhale up through the floor terrifies Charlotte. David Canfield, EW.com, "Exclusive: The author of A Simple Favor is back with another juicy thriller," 5 June 2019 Take three small consecutive breaths through your nose and then exhale through your mouth three times. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Do you even know how to breathe? This article will teach you," 2 June 2019 While on a flight to New Orleans Tuesday , a passenger was apprehended for taking a drag from an e-cigarette and exhaling into a bag, a flight attendant told police, according to CNN and NOLA.com. Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY, "Spirit Airlines bans passenger whose e-cigarette set off a plane's smoke alarm: reports," 8 Apr. 2019 Also exhaling four picks later was UCLA sophomore guard Jaylen Hands, who grew up in San Diego and attended several area high schools, most recently Foothills Christian. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, "SDSU’s Jalen McDaniels taken in second round of NBA Draft," 20 June 2019 Release the tension by exhaling and quickly opening your hand. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "12 Ways to Get Rid of a Headache Without Medicine," 23 May 2019 But that doesn’t necessarily fix the problem if their lungs can’t properly inhale, exhale, or transport oxygen and carbon dioxide through their respiratory system. Korin Miller, SELF, "How Does Cancer Actually Kill Someone?," 15 Mar. 2019 The great Columbia, which begins in Canada, takes in water from seven states, and forms most of the border between Oregon and Washington, exhales here, fanning out with majestic slowness in an estuary almost four miles wide. Sallie Tisdale, Harper's magazine, "Catechism of the Waters," 10 June 2019 The International Space Station already has systems that capture the carbon dioxide people exhale and recover the oxygen for recirculation. Peter Fimrite, SFChronicle.com, "Long-term space journeys to allow humans to become almost completely self-sufficient," 8 June 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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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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