ex·​hale | \ eks-ˈhāl How to pronounce exhale (audio) , ek-ˈsāl \
exhaled; exhaling

Definition of exhale

intransitive verb

1 : to rise or be given off as vapor
2 : to emit breath or vapor

transitive verb

1a : to breathe out she exhaled a sigh
b : to give forth (gaseous matter) : emit
2 archaic : to cause to be emitted in vapor

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Examples of exhale in a Sentence

She inhaled deeply and exhaled slowly, trying to relax. before answering, the suspect exhaled a cloud of cigarette smoke
Recent Examples on the Web On one hand, gym-goers exhale heavily, and office workers may sit in close proximity to one another. Gwendolyn Wu, San Francisco Chronicle, 14 Oct. 2021 Several times a day, put your hands on your belly and inhale through your nose, focusing on expanding your belly; then, exhale through your mouth. Jessica Migala, Health.com, 12 Oct. 2021 Jonah Heim’s liner down the right field line landed just inside the chalk, and the Rangers could exhale after getting no-hit the previous night. Sam Blum, Dallas News, 11 Apr. 2021 Use the rose/candle technique: While holding up your index finger, take a deep breath in through your nose to smell the rose, and slowly exhale through your mouth to blow out the candle. Katie Hurley, CNN, 25 Oct. 2021 The mayor smiled the smile of a public official finally able to exhale after watching the city’s unemployment rate skyrocket from 3 percent to 18 percent. BostonGlobe.com, 17 Oct. 2021 Only then was the Green Bay Packers quarterback able to exhale. Ryan Wood, USA TODAY, 27 Sep. 2021 Now, take a deep breath into your belly and your chest and exhale out of your mouth. Francesca Sipma, Forbes, 3 Sep. 2021 The fumble was recovered by freshman linebacker Junio Colson, inserted into the game after an injury to starter Josh Ross, and all of Ann Arbor could exhale. Michael Cohen, Detroit Free Press, 25 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of exhale

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for exhale

Middle English exalen, from Latin exhalare, from ex- + halare to breathe

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“Exhale.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exhale. Accessed 6 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of exhale

: to breathe out


ex·​hale | \ eks-ˈhāl How to pronounce exhale (audio) \
exhaled; exhaling

Kids Definition of exhale

1 : to breathe out
2 : to send forth : give off The pipe exhaled thick smoke.


ex·​hale | \ eks-ˈ(h)ā(ə)l How to pronounce exhale (audio) \
exhaled; exhaling

Medical Definition of exhale

intransitive verb

: to emit breath or vapor

transitive verb

: to breathe out

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