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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To draw (air or smoke, for example) into the lungs by breathing; inspire.
  • transitive v. Informal To consume rapidly or eagerly; devour: inhaled lunch and then rushed off to the meeting.
  • intransitive v. To breathe in; inspire.
  • intransitive v. To draw smoke into the lungs; puff.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To draw air into the lungs, through the nose or mouth by action of the diaphragm.
  • v. To draw air or any form of gas (either in a pure form, or mixed with small particles in form of aerosols/smoke -sometimes stemming from a medicament) into the lungs, through the nose or mouth by action of the diaphragm.
  • v. To eat very quickly.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To breathe or draw into the lungs; to inspire; ; -- opposed to exhale.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To draw in, as air into the lungs; draw in by breathing, or by some analogous process.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. draw deep into the lungs in by breathing
  • v. draw in (air)

Etymologies

Latin inhālāre, to breathe upon (meaning influenced by contrast with exhale) : in-, in; see in-2 + hālāre, to breathe.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin inhalare ("to breathe on (breathe in)"), from in ("in, into, on") + halare ("to breathe"). (Wiktionary)

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