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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The discovery at Jirzankal also provides the first direct evidence that humans inhaled combusted cannabis plants in order to obtain its psychoactive effects. Michelle Z. Donahue, National Geographic, "Earliest evidence for cannabis smoking discovered in ancient tombs," 12 June 2019 Secondary drowning occurs when a small amount of water is inhaled, which irritates the lungs and causes inflammation and swelling over time. Lindsey Murray, Good Housekeeping, "What Every Parent Needs to Know About "Dry Drowning"," 27 Mar. 2019 Chemists take serious precautions to avoid inhaling these things in the lab. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "Is vaping better than smoking? Scientists studied pee to find out," 14 Dec. 2018 The videos showing teenagers inhaling condoms through their nostrils, only to pull them out through their mouths. Heidi Stevens, chicagotribune.com, "Calm down about the condom challenge, grown-ups," 2 Apr. 2018 But the post also attracted the ire of many people who questioned the medical risks of inhaling alcohol. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bored with drinking alcohol? At a Milwaukee bar, you can now inhale it.," 13 June 2019 When inhaled, these particles, which are as small as 2.5 micrometers in diameter (a grain of table salt is 100 micrometers), can have serious health effects. Marc Peruzzi, Outside Online, "Wildfire Smoke Is Here to Stay," 5 June 2019 Foster’s lab experimented with mice, seeking to determine the effects of inhaling diesel exhaust, among other tests. Emery P. Dalesio, The Seattle Times, "Duke University pays $112M to settle faked-research lawsuit," 25 Mar. 2019 Scores were already dead, more were dying an agonizing death from acute radiation poisoning, and thousands were inhaling and eating and drinking the radioactive isotopes that would cause miscarriages, stillbirths, and thyroid and other cancers. Mona Charen, National Review, "Lessons of Chernobyl," 7 June 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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