inhale

verb in·hale \ in-ˈhāl \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of inhale

inhaled; inhaling
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

inhale

play \in-ˈhāl, ˈin-ˌhāl\ noun

Examples of inhale in a Sentence

  1. This medicine can now be inhaled.

  2. She inhaled the fresh country air.

  3. He inhaled deeply and exhaled slowly, trying to relax.

  4. After inhaling their dinner, the children ran out the door without even saying goodbye.

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Origin and Etymology of inhale

in- + exhale

inhale Synonyms

Synonyms
bolt, cram, devour, glut [archaic], gorge, gormandize, gulp, ingurgitate, gobble, raven, scarf, scoff, slop, wolf
Related Words
overeat, pig out, swill
Near Antonyms
nibble, peck, pick

INHALE Defined for English Language Learners

inhale

verb

Definition of inhale for English Language Learners

  • : to breathe in

  • : to eat or drink (something) very quickly


INHALE Defined for Kids

inhale

verb in·hale \ in-ˈhāl \

Definition of inhale for Students

inhaled; inhaling
1 : to draw in by breathing
  • I inhaled the fresh air.
2 : to breathe in

Medical Dictionary

inhale

verb in·hale \ in-ˈhā(ə)l \

medical Definition of inhale

inhaled; inhaling
transitive verb
: to draw in by breathing
intransitive verb
: to breathe in


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