Definition of


  1. (verb, body) draw air into, and expel out of, the lungs
    The patient is respiring
  2. (verb, body) expel (gases or odors)
  3. (verb, change) reach full flavor by absorbing air and being let to stand after having been uncorked
  4. (verb, communication) take a short break from one's activities in order to relax
  5. (verb, communication) manifest or evince
  6. (verb, communication) utter or tell
  7. (verb, possession) impart as if by breathing
  8. (verb, stative) be alive
  9. (verb, stative) allow the passage of air through

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Breathe

  1. c.1300, not in O.E., but it retains the original O.E. vowel of its source word, breath. Related: Breathing. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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