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 Inhale, second-guess yourself, exhale, and third-, fourth-, and fifth-guess yourself. Irving Ruan Mia Mercado, The New Yorker, "Literal Writing Exercises," 14 Sep. 2019 So if the final day of the meet closes without incident, Del Mar will exhale. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: So far, Del Mar survives summer under horse-racing microscope," 2 Sep. 2019 With every inhale and exhale Brother Sage starts feeling the flow. Kai Beech, The Denver Post, "A urine therapy group in Colorado touts the benefits of drinking your own pee. Doctors disagree," 23 July 2019 To start his third year, Gophers coach P.J. Fleck could exhale when Minnesota got its first sack of the game on fourth-and-10 with the Jackrabbits driving in a two-minute drill into Minnesota territory. Andy Greder, Twin Cities, "Gophers survive upset bid in 28-21 win over South Dakota State," 29 Aug. 2019 The Diamondbacks can exhale after left-hander Robbie Ray's MRI came back negative Thursday. Drake Hills, azcentral, "Diamondbacks lefty Robbie Ray heads to IL, relieved by negative MRI scan," 15 Aug. 2019 Bring your awareness back to your breath—inhale and exhale deeply three times. Hayden Carpenter, Outside Online, "12 Yoga Poses for Climbers to Do Daily," 9 Aug. 2019 The Bosch reactor uses hydrogen to decompose carbon dioxide that people exhale when onboard a spacecraft. The News-review, oregonlive.com, "Southern Oregon technology may help astronauts breathe easier," 24 Aug. 2019 Sometimes the best remedy to super stress is to take in a big breath and exhale a cloud of a good, balanced strain of kind bud smoke or vapor to bring things back into perspective. Mary Schumacher, chicagotribune.com, "5 types of marijuana to reduce your stress," 22 Aug. 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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25 Oct 2019

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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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