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 But inhaling the oil form of Vitamin E could cause chest pain, shortness of breath and coughing, the Post reported. oregonlive, "Vaping death and outbreak of severe lung disease linked to marijuana oil in e-cigarettes: What we know," 5 Sep. 2019 Vaping refers to the increasingly popular practice of inhaling vapor from an e-cigarette device, which frequently involves heating a liquid that can contain nicotine, marijuana or other drugs. Lena H. Sun, The Denver Post, "Contaminant found in vaping products linked to deadly lung illnesses, tests show," 5 Sep. 2019 For example, inhaling PM2.5 can cause heart disease, cerebrovascular disease and lung cancer. John Fialka, Scientific American, "Reducing China’s CO2 Emissions Would Curb Deadly Air Pollution in the U.S.," 26 July 2019 While partying with oldest daughter Rumer Willis in 2012, Moore suffered a seizure after smoking synthetic cannabis and inhaling nitrous oxide. Martha Ross, The Mercury News, "Demi Moore’s dark decade: Losing baby, almost losing daughters," 13 Sep. 2019 Most of these have come due to what are called fine particulates, which are small particles that can be readily inhaled and cause issues like stroke, heart disease, and lung ailments. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "The fall of coal and its pollution-linked deaths is boosting the economy," 10 Sep. 2019 Juuling is a form of vaping — using an electronic device to create an aerosol that is then inhaled. Marisa Cohen, Good Housekeeping, "What Is Juuling? Everything to Know About the Popular Vaping Trend," 4 Sep. 2019 In a statement released on August 19, the Utah Department of Health said the five patients experienced serious breathing problems after vaping or using other drugs that are inhaled. CBS News, "Vaping lung disease cases in Utah quadruple after only one week," 27 Aug. 2019 Aerosols inhaled from these devices can contain harmful chemicals that injure the lungs, Coleman-Mitchell said. Josh Kovner, courant.com, "11 cases of serious lung injury now linked to vaping in Connecticut; health officials urge people to avoid e-cigarettes," 12 Sep. 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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2 Nov 2019

Time Traveler for inhale

The first known use of inhale was in 1725

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More Definitions for inhale

inhale

verb
How to pronounce inhale (audio)

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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