suspire

When you suspire, you breathe deeply or sigh. You might suspire melodramatically as you listen to your best friend complain about her allowance for the thousandth time.

The verb suspire is considered obsolete today—you'll probably only encounter it when you're reading poetry. In Robert Frost's poem "Sitting by a Bush in Broad Sunlight," he wrote: "And from that one intake of fire / All creatures still warmly suspire." Not only is it a literary way to say "breathe," but it also rhymes nicely with "fire." The Latin root is spirare, "to breathe."

Definitions of suspire
  1. verb
    heave or utter a sigh; breathe deeply and heavily
    synonyms: sigh
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    breathe, respire, take a breath
    draw air into, and expel out of, the lungs
  2. verb
    draw air into, and expel out of, the lungs
    synonyms: breathe, respire, take a breath
    respire
    undergo the biomedical and metabolic processes of respiration by taking up oxygen and producing carbon monoxide
    respire
    breathe easily again, as after exertion or anxiety
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    respire
    breathe easily again, as after exertion or anxiety
    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
    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
    gasp
    inhale sharply and suddenly, as with shock
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