breathe meaning

[ bri:ð ] Pronunciation:   "breathe" in a sentence
Verb: breathe  breedh
  1. Draw air into, and expel out of, the lungs
    "I can breathe better when the air is clean"
    - take a breath, respire, suspire 
  2. Be alive
    "Every creature that breathes" 
  3. Impart as if by breathing
    "He breathed new life into the old house" 
  4. Allow the passage of air through
    "Our new synthetic fabric breathes and is perfect for summer wear" 
  5. Utter or tell
    "not breathe a word" 
  6. Manifest or evince
    "She breathes the Christian spirit" 
  7. Take a short break from one's activities in order to relax
    - rest, catch one's breath, take a breather 
  8. Reach full flavour 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" 
  9. Expel (gases or odours)
    - emit, pass off

Derived forms: breathing, breathed, breathes

See also: breathe in, breathe out, breather, breathing

Type of: be, break, convey, discharge, eject, exhaust, exist, expel, express, give tongue to, instill, intermit, live, oxidate, oxidise [Brit], oxidize, pause, release, subsist, survive, transfuse, utter, verbalise [Brit], verbalize

Encyclopedia: Breathe Breathe, Stretch, Shake


The property of a layer of a material that permits air and/or moisture to pass through it without damaging the layer.

vb breathed; breath·ing vi
1 : to draw air into and expel it from the lungs : RESPIRE; broadly : to take in oxygen and give out carbon dioxide through natural processes
2 : to inhale and exhale freely
¦ vt : to inhale and exhale ‹breathing fresh air›


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  1. once again i breathed as a free man.
  2. both boys were breathing very heavily.
  3. you'd have to pay to breathe that stuff.
  4. i stood at the curb trying to breathe.
  5. she could hear his heavy breathing.

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