suspire

verb
sus·pire | \sə-ˈspī(-ə)r \
suspired; suspiring

Definition of suspire 

intransitive verb

: to draw a long deep breath : sigh

First Known Use of suspire

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for suspire

Middle English, from Latin suspirare, from sub- + spirare to breathe

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