Definition of "breathe" []

  • To inhale and exhale air, especially when naturally and freely. (verb-intransitive)
  • To be alive; live: A nicer person has never breathed. (verb-intransitive)
  • To pause to rest or regain breath: Give me a moment to breathe. (verb-intransitive)
  • To move or blow gently, as air. (verb-intransitive)
  • To allow air to pass through: a natural fabric that breathes. (verb-intransitive)
  • To take in oxygen from (the surrounding medium, esp air) and give out carbon dioxide; respire (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To exist; be alive (verb)
  • To rest to regain breath, composure, etc (verb)
  • (esp of air) to blow lightly (verb)
  • To take in air, esp for combustion (verb)
  • To equalize the pressure within a container, chamber, etc, with atmospheric pressure (verb)
  • To articulate (a speech sound) without vibration of the vocal cords (verb)
  • To exhale or emit (verb)
  • To impart; instil (verb)
  • To speak softly; whisper (verb)
  • To permit to rest (verb)
  • (of a material) to allow air to pass through so that perspiration can evaporate (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "breathe" in a sentence
  • "But the student should learn to inspire through the slightly open mouth, as to breathe through the nose in speaking, and especially in singing, is objectionable for several reasons which can be better explained later; so that the rule is to _breathe through the nose when not using the voice, and through the mouth when one does_."
  • "I count each time I press down, interrupting the count to insert the word breathe and then starting again."
  • "She pauses for a second, mouthing the word breathe to him."