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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Legionnaires’ disease is transmitted to humans when people inhale mist of the infected water. Melanie Grayce West, WSJ, "Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreak Kills One and Sickens 15 in Northern Manhattan," 11 Oct. 2018 When inhaled, its LD50 is a mere 1 to 3 nanograms per kilogram (2.2 pounds) of body mass. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, "20 Things You Didn't Know About ... Poison," 25 Sep. 2018 When inhaled over time, the microscopic fibers can cause cancer and debilitating lung disease. Wendy Ruderman, Philly.com, "After hazards were exposed, Philadelphia school district launches massive summer cleanup," 21 June 2018 The chemicals are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to consume in small quantities, but are toxic to the lungs when inhaled. Raquel Rutledge, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "10 coffee-roasters found to have high levels of dangerous chemicals in the air that make workers sick," 16 May 2018 There are high levels of sulfur dioxide, which can cause headaches and irritation to the lungs and eyes if it's inhaled at higher concentrations, the University of Hawaii at Hilo says. Nicole Chavez, CNN, "Trump declares 'major disaster' in Hawaii after volcanic eruptions and lava," 12 May 2018 Unlike traditional cigarettes, which burn tobacco, e-cigarettes use a battery to heat a liquid that is inhaled in an aerosol form. Karen Kaplan, The Seattle Times, "Vaping among teens spikes, luring new generation of kids into tobacco use," 18 Dec. 2018 The dry powder could then be inhaled to deliver the phage into the lungs. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Using a virus to kill what antibiotics can’t," 18 July 2018 Newer antiviral drugs on the market include Tamiflu, a pill; Relenza, which can be inhaled; and an injectable drug called peramivir. NBC News, "New, fast-acting flu drug gets priority FDA review," 26 June 2018

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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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