respire

To respire is to breathe in and out. After a calf is born, a farmer might watch it respire for a while to make sure it's okay.

While you can use the verb respire simply to mean "breathe," it's most often used in a medical or scientific context. A nurse might worry about the rate at which a patient respires, and a biologist might discuss the way a plant respires at night, when light doesn't reach its leaves. The Latin root, respirare, means "breathe again" or "breathe in and out," from re-, "again," and spirare, "to breathe."

Definitions of respire
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v draw air into, and expel out of, the lungs

“The patient is respiring
Synonyms:
breathe, suspire, take a breath
Types:
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choke
breathe with great difficulty, as when experiencing a strong emotion
hyperventilate
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)
wheeze
breathe with difficulty
yawn
utter a yawn, as from lack of oxygen or when one is tired
saw logs, saw wood, snore
breathe noisily during one's sleep
aspirate
suck in (air)
snort
make a snorting sound by exhaling hard
blow
exhale hard
sniff, sniffle
inhale audibly through the nose
snivel, snuffle
snuff up mucus through the nose
snuff
inhale audibly through the nose
drag, draw, puff
suck in or take (air)
huff, snort
inhale recreational drugs

v breathe easily again, as after exertion or anxiety

Synonyms:
breathe, suspire, take a breath
draw air into, and expel out of, the lungs
Type of:
breathe, suspire, take a breath
draw air into, and expel out of, the lungs

v undergo the biomedical and metabolic processes of respiration by taking up oxygen and producing carbon monoxide

Synonyms:
breathe, suspire, take a breath
draw air into, and expel out of, the lungs
Type of:
undergo
pass through

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