respire

verb
re·spire | \ri-ˈspī(-ə)r \
respired; respiring

Definition of respire 

intransitive verb

1 : breathe specifically : to inhale and exhale air successively

2 of a cell or tissue : to take up oxygen and produce carbon dioxide through oxidation

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Synonyms for respire

Synonyms

breathe

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Examples of respire in a Sentence

Fish use their gills to respire. though unconscious, the patient is still respiring

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Consider leafy vegetables, which immediately start to respire faster once they are cut. Nicola Temple, WSJ, "Give Processed Food a Break," 4 May 2018 The gases are then respired out of the lungs: literal fart breath. Brian Resnick, Vox, "Farts: which animals do, which don’t, and why," 3 Apr. 2018 In the 18th century and earlier, most baking was dictated by the delicate whims of respiring yeast. Ben Panko, Smithsonian, "The Great Uprising: How a Powder Revolutionized Baking," 20 June 2017 This makes sense, since roots are respiring organs. Bonnie Blodgett, Twin Cities, "Blundering Gardener: Your soil is your soil. Or is it?," 14 Jan. 2017 In the 18th century and earlier, most baking was dictated by the delicate whims of respiring yeast. Ben Panko, Smithsonian, "The Great Uprising: How a Powder Revolutionized Baking," 21 June 2017

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First Known Use of respire

15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for respire

Middle English, from Latin respirare, from re- + spirare to blow, breathe

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respire

verb
re·spire | \ri-ˈspīr \
respired; respiring

Kids Definition of respire

respire

verb
re·spire | \ri-ˈspī(ə)r \
respired; respiring

Medical Definition of respire 

intransitive verb

1 : breathe specifically : to inhale and exhale air successively

2 of a cell or tissue : to take up oxygen and produce carbon dioxide through oxidation

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