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Definition of "respire" [re•spire]

  • To breathe in and out; inhale and exhale. (verb-intransitive)
  • To undergo the metabolic process of respiration. (verb-intransitive)
  • To breathe easily again, as after a period of exertion or trouble. (verb-intransitive)
  • To inhale and exhale (air); breathe. (verb-transitive)

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.

Use "respire" in a sentence
  • "In the Hydra, the animal may be turned inside out, and the exterior surface will then digest and the stomach respire."
  • "The state cannot issue you a “respire andmaintain temperature above the room in which you find yourself” permit."
  • "The state cannot issue you a “respire and maintain temperature above the room in which you find yourself” permit."