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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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 The pen exploded when Brown tried to inhale from it for the first time, with a piece slicing through his carotid artery, getting lodged in the vital passageway, which helps send blood to the brain. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Texas Man Dies After Exploding E-Cigarette Sends Shrapnel into His Neck," 5 Feb. 2019 Simply fill a large bowl with hot water, add a few pumps or squeezes of soap, and inhale the steam that emerges to open your nasal passages. Rebekah Lowin, Country Living, "13 Castile Soap Uses You've Never Thought of Before," 22 May 2019 Open your windows and wear a face mask to avoid inhaling spores. Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, "How to Remove Mold From Wood Furniture and Particle Board," 9 Apr. 2019 The evidence comes from portable devices that measure the amounts of oxygen and carbon dioxide that players inhale and exhale, said Barbara Ainsworth, a professor at Arizona State University’s College of Health Solutions. Tom Avril, Philly.com, "World Cup athletes burn a lot of energy. But some sports are even more demanding," 6 July 2018 Tiny amounts of ricin can kill an adult if eaten, injected or inhaled. Frank Jordans, chicagotribune.com, "Tip from public helped Germany foil ricin attack plot," 20 June 2018 Past viral videos have shown teenagers snorting condoms up one of their nostrils and inhaling until the condom comes out of their mouth. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, "'Deodorant challenge': Are teens really burning their arms to go viral?," 9 May 2018 Harmful if swallowed, inhaled, or absorbed through the skin. Stench. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "Is vaping better than smoking? Scientists studied pee to find out," 14 Dec. 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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