inhale

verb
in·​hale | \ in-ˈhāl How to pronounce inhale (audio) \
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 How to pronounce inhale (audio) , 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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Recent Examples on the Web Lucas Till, Tristin Mays) head overseas together to prevent a government collapse but inadvertently inhale deadly new microscopic technology. Los Angeles Times, "What’s on TV Friday, March 26: Yo-Yo Ma on ‘Firing Line’," 25 Mar. 2021 When the paint flakes, cracks or peels, the lead mixes with dust, which children can ingest or inhale. New York Times, "More Childhood Lead Poisoning Is a Side Effect of Covid Lockdowns," 11 Mar. 2021 The singer of New Orleans soul-rockers the Deslondes gears up for his debut solo album, Start It Over, with this reminder to inhale and exhale the good stuff. Joseph Hudak, Rolling Stone, "RS Country Music Picks for Week of March 1st," 1 Mar. 2021 McKinnon, who had long suffered from asthma, struggled to inhale. Erika Hayasaki, Wired, "How to Remember a Disaster Without Being Shattered by It," 23 Feb. 2021 Healthy people inhale fungi regularly with few problems; human skin and cilia are among our bodies' first-line defenses. Jason Dearen, Star Tribune, "EXCERPT: 'Kill Shot' probes shadow industry, deadly disease," 23 Feb. 2021 And, if at all possible, please, do not to inhale guano. Halle Kiefer, Vulture, "John Oliver Looks Forward to the Next Pandemic on Last Week Tonight," 15 Feb. 2021 Tiffany Virgen, 25, who planned to become a nurse practitioner, treated his cough with teas and coaxed him to inhale steam infused with citrus peels and eucalyptus. New York Times, "Dying of Covid in a ‘Separate and Unequal’ L.A. Hospital," 8 Feb. 2021 Counterclockwise winds swirling around this giant atmospheric-vaccuum-cleaner will inhale arctic air into Minnesota, with a run of subzero lows between February 7-15 or so. Star Tribune, "Messy Wintry Precipitation Expected This Weekend," 29 Jan. 2021

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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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Last Updated

10 Apr 2021

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“Inhale.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inhale. Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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More Definitions for inhale

inhale

verb

English Language Learners Definition of inhale

: to breathe in
US, informal : to eat or drink (something) very quickly

inhale

verb
in·​hale | \ in-ˈhāl How to pronounce inhale (audio) \
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 How to pronounce inhale (audio) \
inhaled; inhaling

Medical Definition of inhale

transitive verb

: to draw in by breathing

intransitive verb

: to breathe in

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