respire

verb
re·​spire | \ ri-ˈspī(-ə)r How to pronounce respire (audio) \
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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Examples of respire in a Sentence

Fish use their gills to respire. though unconscious, the patient is still respiring
Recent Examples on the Web Vegetables that respire at a higher rate keep better in the refrigerator crisper, where food retains more moisture than in the open space of the main refrigerator compartment, which can draw moisture out of produce. Anne-marie Bonneau, Los Angeles Times, 15 Apr. 2021 Consider leafy vegetables, which immediately start to respire faster once they are cut. Nicola Temple, WSJ, 4 May 2018 The gases are then respired out of the lungs: literal fart breath. Brian Resnick, Vox, 3 Apr. 2018 In the 18th century and earlier, most baking was dictated by the delicate whims of respiring yeast. Ben Panko, Smithsonian, 20 June 2017 This makes sense, since roots are respiring organs. Bonnie Blodgett, Twin Cities, 14 Jan. 2017 In the 18th century and earlier, most baking was dictated by the delicate whims of respiring yeast. Ben Panko, Smithsonian, 21 June 2017 See More

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/respire. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for respire

respire

verb
re·​spire | \ ri-ˈspīr How to pronounce respire (audio) \
respired; respiring

Kids Definition of respire

respire

verb
re·​spire | \ ri-ˈspī(ə)r How to pronounce respire (audio) \
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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