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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Harmful if swallowed, inhaled, or absorbed through the skin. Stench. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "Is vaping better than smoking? Scientists studied pee to find out," 14 Dec. 2018 Asbestos, which can cause lung diseases and cancer when inhaled over time, is not dangerous if kept in good condition. Barbara Laker, Philly.com, "School District cleans Olney Elementary after 10.7 million asbestos fibers found," 8 June 2018 Another 16 percent were caused by Legionella bacteria, which are usually inhaled in water spray. NBC News, "Hard-to-kill germs may be lurking in your hotel pool, CDC says," 17 May 2018 Synthetic marijuana is a manufacturered, mind-altering chemical that is either sprayed on dried, shredded plant material to be smoked or sold as liquids to be vaporized and inhaled in e-cigarettes and other devices. Detroit Free Press Staff, Detroit Free Press, "Rat-poisoned fake pot is causing uncontrollable bleeding, death," 5 Apr. 2018 Mok and Martin’s group came up with a wearable health monitor that can measure heart rate and the amount of gas inhaled in a breath. Nathan Hurst, Smithsonian, "When Doctors Need New Medical Tools, These Students Are Up To the Challenge," 9 Mar. 2018 The biggest risk identified is lung cancer, as the asbestos is inhaled and can lead to cancer development, potentially due to a process involving inflammation and cell death. Tara C. Smith, SELF, "How Worried Do You Need to Be About Asbestos in Baby Powder and Other Talc Products?," 31 Jan. 2019 For example, research conducted by scientists from Ohio State and Penn State universities showed that inhaling lemon oil boosted subjects’ norepinephrine release and enhanced positive feelings. April Long, Marie Claire, "Aromatherapy Perfumes: Do They Really Work?," 20 Feb. 2019 Libby says inhaling rose water is known to reduce stress and help promote a calmer and more relaxed state. Audrey Noble, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Beauty Benefits of Rose Water," 8 Feb. 2019

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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
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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