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

v heave or utter a sigh; breathe deeply and heavily

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

v 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

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