breathe Meaning, Definition & Usage
verb draw air into, and expel out of, the lungs
respire; take a breath; suspire.
- I can breathe better when the air is clean
- The patient is respiring
verb be alive
- Every creature that breathes
verb impart as if by breathing
- He breathed new life into the old house
verb allow the passage of air through
- Our new synthetic fabric breathes and is perfect for summer wear
verb utter or tell
- not breathe a word
verb manifest or evince
- She breathes the Christian spirit
verb take a short break from one's activities in order to relax
take a breather; catch one's breath; rest.
verb reach full flavor 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
verb expel (gases or odors)
emit; pass off.
Breathe intransitive verb
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.
To take breath; to rest from action.
Well! breathe awhile, and then to it again! Shak.
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 transitive verb
To inhale and exhale in the process of respiration; to respire.
To view the light of heaven, and breathe the vital air. Dryden.
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.
To emit or utter by the breath; to utter softly; to whisper; as, to. breathea 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.
To exhale; to emit, as breath; as, the flowers. breatheodors or perfumes
To express; to manifest; to give forth.
Others articles breathe the same severe spirit. Milner.
To act upon by the breath; to cause to sound by breathing."They breathe the flute." Prior.
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.
To suffer to take breath, or recover the natural breathing; to rest; as, to. breathea horse
A moment breathed his panting steed. Sir W. Scott.
To put out of breath; to exhaust.
Mr. Tulkinghorn arrives in his turret room, a little breathed by the journey up. Dickens.
(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 unchangedDryden.
in whispering. H. Sweet.