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 While vitamin E is safe as a vitamin pill or to use on the skin, inhaling oily droplets of it can be harmful. Mike Stobbe, chicagotribune.com, "US officials identify ‘strong culprit’ in vaping illnesses," 11 Nov. 2019 Try breathing in for five seconds and exhaling for seven, or inhaling for three seconds and exhaling for five. Kaitlyn Pirie, Woman's Day, "4 Ways to Teach Your Child Calmness," 10 Nov. 2019 While vitamin E is safe as a vitamin pill or to use on the skin, inhaling oily droplets can be harmful. CBS News, ""Strong culprit" identified in vaping illnesses," 8 Nov. 2019 While vitamin E acetate is used in supplements and skin creams and does not seem to cause harm when swallowed or used topically, previous research suggests that inhaling vitamin E acetate might impair people’s lung function. Megan Thielking, STAT, "In a breakthrough, health officials identify possible culprit behind vaping illnesses: vitamin E acetate," 8 Nov. 2019 Some patients with the lung disease have been diagnosed with lipoid pneumonia, which can be caused by inhaling vaporized oil. Erin Allday, SFChronicle.com, "Toxic substance linked to vaping illnesses, deaths. What is vitamin E acetate?," 8 Nov. 2019 The idea behind it is to limit the amount of harmful particles smokers inhale. Wired, "A New Smoking Gadget Says It's Safe. Should You Trust It?," 7 Nov. 2019 Sudden illness: Rademaker Boulevard A Brook Park man, 42, overdosed by inhaling crushed Vicodin at about 8 p.m. Oct. 12 in his home. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, "Drunk woman tries to hug paramedics, police: Brook Park Police Blotter," 25 Oct. 2019 The heating coil itself is the likely source of most inhaled metals, Johns Hopkins University environmental health professor Ana Rule concluded in a February 2018 report. Jayne O'donnell, USA TODAY, "Vaping devices under scrutiny as lung illness outbreak continues to vex health officials," 23 Oct. 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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16 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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