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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web While Kirby can inhale and spit foes, the lack of the Copy Ability makes his interactions feel pretty samey. PCMAG, 25 Mar. 2022 Of course, an N95 also blocks other small particles, like dust, paint, and other toxic stuff that might not be great for a person to inhale into their body. Rhett Allain, Wired, 28 Jan. 2022 Without straining, gently inhale for a count of four, hold for seven and exhale for eight. Jessica Dulong, CNN, 5 Apr. 2022 Both Lizzie and Josiah inhale the ether as Malva (Jessica Reynolds) and Claire take notes. Lincee Ray, EW.com, 28 Mar. 2022 If the fuel deflagrates but does not detonate, victims will be severely burned and will probably also inhale the burning fuel. Fox News, 1 Mar. 2022 What’s more, wildfire smoke can cause significant respiratory and cardiovascular issues for people who inhale it. Hayley Smith, Los Angeles Times, 24 Feb. 2022 Mothers exposed to the chemical signal would be more likely to defend their babies against threats, while fathers who inhale it would likely be less aggressive. Susan Pinker, WSJ, 20 Jan. 2022 People who inhale a high concentration can pass out. Mary Carole Mccauley, baltimoresun.com, 23 Aug. 2021 See More

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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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Last Updated

4 May 2022

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“Inhale.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inhale. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for inhale

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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