inhale

verb

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

transitive verb

1
: to draw in by breathing
2
: to take in eagerly or greedily
inhaled about four meals at onceRing Lardner

intransitive verb

: to breathe in
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.
Recent Examples on the Web While the countertops are not a danger to the consumers who've put them in their homes, if inhaled during fabrication, can cause silicosis, which destroys the lungs. Anna Werner, CBS News, 6 Feb. 2024 For anti-smoking crusaders uncomfortable with the idea of people inhaling nicotine without tobacco, there is an alternative form of NRT that has not received much press coverage in this country. Jeffrey A. Singer, National Review, 1 Feb. 2024 Aromatherapy entails filling a space with the smell of a particular oil, which is typically plant-based, and inhaling it. Cristina Mutchler, Health, 28 Jan. 2024 Though certain metals can be more damaging than others in this context—there’s some evidence, for instance, that inhaling manganese can harm the brain— the particle size is most important. TIME, 24 Jan. 2024 Dogs who inhale their food will benefit from a slow feeder like the Outward Hound Non-Skid Plastic Slow Feeder Interactive Dog Bowl. Madison Yauger, Peoplemag, 22 Jan. 2024 Food allergies typically appear within seconds to a few hours after the person has eaten, touched, and/or inhaled an allergenic food. Kaitlin Bell, Parents, 6 Feb. 2024 Adults can be exposed through occupational and environmental circumstances, too: When materials that contain lead are burned—for example, during smelting—those nearby may inhale lead particles. Maggie O'Neill, Health, 1 Feb. 2024 This is especially true of flatheads, which use their huge mouths to chase down and inhale all manner of prey. Jordan Rodriguez, Idaho Statesman, 31 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

in- + exhale

First Known Use

1725, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of inhale was in 1725

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Cite this Entry

“Inhale.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inhale. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

inhale

verb
in·​hale in-ˈhā(ə)l How to pronounce inhale (audio)
inhaled; inhaling
1
: to draw in by breathing
2
: to breathe in

Medical Definition

inhale

verb
in·​hale in-ˈhā(ə)l How to pronounce inhale (audio)
inhaled; inhaling

transitive verb

: to draw in by breathing

intransitive verb

: to breathe in

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