suspire

verb
sus·​pire | \ sə-ˈspī(-ə)r How to pronounce suspire (audio) \
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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“Suspire.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/suspire. Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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