Other forms: breathing; breathed; breathes

When you breathe you take air into your lungs and let it out in a regular rhythm. Living things need to breathe to live.

This word has several meanings related to living and taking in air. When someone says "As long as I breathe!" they mean "As long as I live!" In music, some silence can let the piece breathe. If you need a moment or room to breathe, you need a break. Wine breathes when it’s uncorked, enhancing its flavor. Breathing life into something gives it new energy. If this explanation has made you nervous, breathe deeply — that helps many people to relax.

Definitions of breathe
  1. verb
    draw air into, and expel out of, the lungs
    “I can breathe better when the air is clean”
    synonyms: respire, suspire, take a breath
    undergo the biomedical and metabolic processes of respiration by taking up oxygen and producing carbon monoxide
    breathe easily again, as after exertion or anxiety
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    breathe easily again, as after exertion or anxiety
    breathe with great difficulty, as when experiencing a strong emotion
    breathe excessively hard and fast
    hiccough, hiccup
    breathe spasmodically, and make a sound
    sigh, suspire
    heave or utter a sigh; breathe deeply and heavily
    breathe out, exhale, expire
    expel air
    breathe in, inhale, inspire
    draw in (air)
    breathe with difficulty
    utter a yawn, as from lack of oxygen or when one is tired
    saw logs, saw wood, snore
    breathe noisily during one's sleep
    suck in (air)
    make a snorting sound by exhaling hard
    exhale hard
    sniff, sniffle
    inhale audibly through the nose
    snivel, snuffle
    snuff up mucus through the nose
    inhale audibly through the nose
    drag, draw, puff
    suck in or take (air)
    huff, snort
    inhale recreational drugs
    inhale sharply and suddenly, as with shock
  2. verb
    allow the passage of air through
    “Our new synthetic fabric breathes and is perfect for summer wear”
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    have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)
  3. verb
    expel (gases or odors)
    synonyms: emit, pass off
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    belch, bubble, burp, eruct
    expel gas from the stomach
    force out
    emit or cause to move with force of effort
    emanate, exhale, give forth
    give out (breath or an odor)
    send out real or metaphoric rays
    form, produce, or emit bubbles
    effervesce, fizz, foam, form bubbles, froth, sparkle
    become bubbly or frothy or foaming
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    discharge, eject, exhaust, expel, release
    eliminate (a substance)
  4. verb
    reach full flavor by absorbing air and being let to stand after having been uncorked
    “This rare Bordeaux must be allowed to breathe for at least 2 hours”
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    oxidate, oxidise, oxidize
    add oxygen to or combine with oxygen
  5. verb
    impart as if by breathing
    “He breathed new life into the old house”
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    instill, transfuse
    impart gradually
  6. verb
    utter or tell
    “not breathe a word”
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    express, give tongue to, utter, verbalise, verbalize
    articulate; either verbally or with a cry, shout, or noise
  7. verb
    manifest or evince
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    make known; pass on, of information
  8. verb
    be alive
    “Every creature that breathes
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    exist, live, subsist, survive
    support oneself
  9. verb
    take a short break from one's activities in order to relax
    synonyms: catch one's breath, rest, take a breather
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    break, intermit, pause
    cease an action temporarily




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