inhale

verb
in·​hale | \in-ˈhāl \
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, 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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Day 2: Head down to Lake Huron to catch the sunrise, and then inhale a greasy spoon breakfast at the 61-year-old Darrow’s Family Restaurant in Mackinaw City. Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, "Road Trip: 3 Days in Northern Michigan," 19 July 2018 Nakaya’s sculptures will release pure, air-temperature water vapor, with no chemicals, so the fog can be touched and inhaled. Graham Ambrose, BostonGlobe.com, "‘Fog sculptures’ to adorn Emerald Necklace," 24 June 2018 But water temperatures are still chilly, and that can present danger to anyone looking to take a dip: Entering cold water can cause swimmers to gasp, inhale water then go under. Jim Ryan, OregonLive.com, "As Portland temps rise, so does allure of cold, dangerous waters," 23 Apr. 2018 Imagine uncoiling a condom and stuffing it up one side of your nose, then plugging the other nostril and inhaling until the long piece of latex slides into your throat. Lindsey Bever, courant.com, "In case you missed the 'condom-snorting challenge' - and didn't know it's a bad idea," 3 Apr. 2018 At the news conference, the witnesses claimed there was no smell of chemicals, and said people who were choking had inhaled smoke and dust from a bombardment. Mike Corder, BostonGlobe.com, "Russia parades Syrian ‘witnesses’ to disprove gas attack," 26 Apr. 2018 Matthews, his girlfriend, mother, father, sister and her boyfriend, and four firefighters were rushed to the hospital for treatment after inhaling the poisonous fumes. Jennifer Earl, Fox News, "Man warns pet owners after fish tank releases 'second deadliest' poison, hospitalizes 10," 5 Apr. 2018 Don’t touch unknown substances on the ground and avoid inhaling fumes, Aerospace warns. Ashley May, USA TODAY, "What you should know about the massive Chinese space station hurling toward Earth," 29 Mar. 2018 Her father—who ultimately saved her life by shielding her from inhaling hot smoke—as well as her three siblings perished in the blaze. Christine Coppa, Country Living, "A Volunteer Has Been Accused of Stealing $1,300 From Orphaned Burn Victim Safyre Terry," 29 Feb. 2016

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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

: to eat or drink (something) very quickly

inhale

verb
in·​hale | \in-ˈhāl \
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 \
inhaled; inhaling

Medical Definition of inhale 

transitive verb

: to draw in by breathing

intransitive verb

: to breathe in

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