Definitions for: Breathe


[v] draw air into, and expel out of, the lungs; "I can breathe better when the air is clean"; "The patient is respiring"
[v] manifest or evince; "She breathes the Christian spirit"
[v] expel, as of gases and odors
[v] take a short breath
[v] utter or tell; "not breathe a word"
[v] impart as if by breathing; "He breathed new life into the old house"
[v] be alive; "Every creature that breathes"
[v] allow the passge of air through; "Our new synthetic fabric breathes and is perfect for summer wear"



Webster (1913) Definition: Breathe (br[=e][th]), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Breathed;
p. pr. & vb. n. Breathing.] [From Breath.]
1. To respire; to inhale and exhale air; hence;, to live. ``I
am in health, I breathe.'' --Shak.

Breathes there a man with soul so dead? --Sir W.
Scott.

2. To take breath; to rest from action.

Well! breathe awhile, and then to it again! --Shak.

3. To pass like breath; noiselessly or gently; to exhale; to
emanate; to blow gently.

The air breathes upon us here most sweetly. --Shak.

There breathes a living fragrance from the shore.
--Byron.


Breathe, v. t.
1. To inhale and exhale in the process of respiration; to
respire.

To view the light of heaven, and breathe the vital
air. --Dryden.

2. To inject by breathing; to infuse; -- with into.

Able to breathe life into a stone. --Shak.

And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the
ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of
life. --Gen. ii. 7.

3. To emit or utter by the breath; to utter softly; to
whisper; as, to breathe a vow.

He softly breathed thy name. --Dryden.

Or let the church, our mother, breathe her curse, A
mother's curse, on her revolting son. --Shak.

4. To exhale; to emit, as breath; as, the flowers breathe
odors or perfumes.

5. To express; to manifest; to give forth.

Others articles breathe the same severe spirit.
--Milner.

6. To act upon by the breath; to cause to sound by breathing.
``They breathe the flute.'' --Prior.

7. To promote free respiration in; to exercise.

And every man should beat thee. I think thou wast
created for men to breathe themselves upon thee.
--Shak.

8. To suffer to take breath, or recover the natural
breathing; to rest; as, to breathe a horse.

A moment breathed his panting steed. --Sir W.
Scott.

9. To put out of breath; to exhaust.

Mr. Tulkinghorn arrives in his turret room, a little
breathed by the journey up. --Dickens.

10. (Phonetics) To utter without vocality, as the nonvocal
consonants.

The same sound may be pronounces either breathed,
voiced, or whispered. --H. Sweet.

Breathed elements, being already voiceless, remain
unchanged

Note: [in whispering]. --H. Sweet.

To breathe again, to take breath; to feel a sense of
relief, as from danger, responsibility, or press of
business.

To breathe one's last, to die; to expire.

To breathe a vein, to open a vein; to let blood. --Dryden.

Synonyms: catch one's breath, emit, pass off, respire, rest, suspire, take a breath, take a breather

See Also: be, belch, break, breathe in, breathe out, bubble, burp, choke, convey, discharge, eject, emanate, eruct, exhale, exist, expel, expire, express, force out, give forth, give tongue to, hiccough, hiccup, hyperventilate, impart, inhale, inspire, instill, intermit, live, pause, radiate, release, saw logs, saw wood, sigh, snore, subsist, survive, transfuse, utter, verbalise, verbalize, wheeze, yawn

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