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 It’s the perfect place to stand and inhale a slice before slipping into the cool darkness of a movie theatre, surrounded by strangers, alone but never lonely. Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, "Goldbelly Ships Iconic Restaurant Food to Your Home," 10 July 2020 Its Kevlar bod is pockmarked with enough air scoops to inhale a flock of sheep. Rich Ceppos, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1991 Ferrari F40 Feasts on the Timid," 2 July 2020 Remember to inhale through your nose; exhale through your mouth. The Conversation, oregonlive, "The science behind why this is the safest way to breathe to avoid coronavirus," 19 June 2020 Remember to inhale through your nose; exhale through your mouth. The Conversation, "The right way to breathe during the coronavirus pandemic," 19 June 2020 The system was designed to inhale reams of data from various government departments and spot odd-looking patterns within them that might reveal mischief. The Economist, "The future Humans will add to AI’s limitations," 11 June 2020 Never mix bleach with other chemicals like ammonia or vinegar, which can create toxic fumes that are harmful to inhale. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, "Americans Are Misusing Household Cleaners Against Coronavirus, Survey Finds," 8 June 2020 Put your hand on your stomach and inhale deeply for four seconds, watching your stomach and chest rise. Jenny Mccoy, Glamour, "If You’re Waking Up With Anxiety, You’re Not Alone," 3 June 2020 Patients inhale four odors, such as cloves, eucalyptus, lemon and rose, for 15 seconds at a time twice a day for three months and then switch to another set of scents for another three months. National Geographic, "THE BEST OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX," 7 Apr. 2020

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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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The first known use of inhale was in 1725

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14 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Inhale.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inhale. Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for inhale

inhale

verb
How to pronounce inhale (audio)

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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