sus·​pire sə-ˈspī(-ə)r How to pronounce suspire (audio)
suspired; suspiring

intransitive verb

: to draw a long deep breath : sigh

Word History


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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of suspire was in the 15th century

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“Suspire.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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