inhale

verb
in·hale | \in-ˈhāl \
inhaled; inhaling

Definition of inhale 

transitive verb

1 : to draw in by breathing

2 : to take in eagerly or greedily inhaled about four meals at once— Ring Lardner

intransitive verb

: to breathe in

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Other Words from inhale

inhale \in-ˈhāl, ˈin-ˌhāl \ noun

Examples of inhale in a Sentence

This medicine can now be inhaled. She inhaled the fresh country air. He inhaled deeply and exhaled slowly, trying to relax. After inhaling their dinner, the children ran out the door without even saying goodbye.
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People become infected by inhaling tiny Histoplasma spores. Sarah Klein, Health.com, "The Rescued Thai Soccer Team Is Being Monitored For 'Cave Disease' and Other Health Concerns," 10 July 2018 The Quest said Boppy ultimately died from aspiration pneumonia caused by inhaling vomit. Tegan Hanlon, Anchorage Daily News, "Review board upholds Yukon Quest ban of two-time champ from 2019 race," 27 June 2018 She was diagnosed with wet lung, formally called hypersensitivity pneumonitis, an inflammatory disease sparked by the immune system after inhaling toxins. Josh Hafner, USA TODAY, "Teen gets 'wet lung' after vaping for three weeks, prompting doctors to issue warning," 21 May 2018 Monday's toll included a baby who died after inhaling tear gas, according to health officials in Gaza. NBC News, "Gaza protests replaced by funerals as Palestinians mark 'nakba'," 15 May 2018 Along with those who died, at least 45 other people were found to have been injured by inhaling large amounts of the colorless gas emitted, which can cause brain damage and other lasting ailments. Fox News, "28 deaths linked to carbon monoxide poisoning by idling cars with keyless ignitions, report says," 14 May 2018 People are infected with Legionnaire's Disease after inhaling water droplets that contain legionella bacteria. refinery29.com, "This Is How The Deadly Rain Wiped Out Everyone On The Rain," 4 May 2018 People with asthma can experience airway spasms after inhaling cold, dry air, the Mayo Clinic says. Korin Miller, SELF, "6 Things That Can Make Your Asthma Worse," 20 Mar. 2018 Earlier this month, Fox 9 News reported the death of a father from Minnesota who died after inhaling compressed air a few days before Thanksgiving. Kashmira Gander, Newsweek, "What Is Huffing? Man Found Dead in New York Beside 22 Aerosol Cans and One in His Mouth," 19 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of inhale

1725, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for inhale

in- + exhale

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inhale

verb

English Language Learners Definition of inhale

: to breathe in

: to eat or drink (something) very quickly

inhale

verb
in·hale | \in-ˈhāl \
inhaled; inhaling

Kids Definition of inhale

1 : to draw in by breathing I inhaled the fresh air.

2 : to breathe in

inhale

verb
in·hale | \in-ˈhā(ə)l \
inhaled; inhaling

Medical Definition of inhale 

transitive verb

: to draw in by breathing

intransitive verb

: to breathe in

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