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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Recent Examples on the Web African-elephant noses, the team found, can inhale air at speeds of more than 335 miles per hour, faster than a Bugatti, faster than most bullet trains, faster than a dive-bombing peregrine falcon. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 1 June 2021 And limiting the length of time people spend in a room can reduce the amount of tiny droplets in the air too and the chances that people will inhale them. Bruce Y. Lee, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2021 Tucked deep inside Percy is an instrument designed to inhale Mars' carbon dioxide-rich atmosphere and exhale oxygen. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, 28 Mar. 2021 The intention was that visitors could lift the case and inhale the distinct fragrance of each species—a casualty, alas, of Covid-19 rules. Michael J. Lewis, WSJ, 20 Apr. 2021 Kwok, 35, is already running low on the jumbo straws that customers use to inhale the boba. Los Angeles Times, 19 Apr. 2021 Those particles are more likely to hang in the air longer and are easier to inhale deep into the lungs, said Roy, a professor of microbiology and immunology at Tulane University School of Medicine. Christina Jewett, CNN, 12 Mar. 2021 People take deep breaths to inhale fresh air, gawk at the wildlife and rock climb. NBC News, 24 Mar. 2021 Worn out by every increasingly feeble attempt to inhale a breath, Kerry thought a nap sounded pretty good. Sharon Grigsby, Dallas News, 11 Mar. 2021

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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

9 Jun 2021

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“Inhale.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inhale. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for inhale

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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