from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To inhale and exhale air, especially when naturally and freely.
- intransitive v. To be alive; live: A nicer person has never breathed.
- intransitive v. To pause to rest or regain breath: Give me a moment to breathe.
- intransitive v. To move or blow gently, as air.
- intransitive v. To allow air to pass through: a natural fabric that breathes.
- intransitive v. To be exhaled or emanated, as a fragrance.
- intransitive v. To be manifested or suggested, as an idea or feeling: A sense of calm breathed from the landscape.
- intransitive v. To reach fullness of flavor and aroma through exposure to air. Used chiefly of wine.
- intransitive v. To require air in the combustion process. Used of an internal-combustion engine.
- transitive v. To inhale and exhale (air, for example) during respiration.
- transitive v. To inhale (an aroma, for example): breathe the lush scent of lilacs.
- transitive v. To impart as if by breathing; instill: an artist who knows how to breathe life into a portrait.
- transitive v. To exhale (something); emit.
- transitive v. To utter, especially quietly: Don't breathe a word of this.
- transitive v. To make apparent or manifest; suggest: Their manner breathed self-satisfaction.
- transitive v. To allow (a person or animal) to rest or regain breath.
- transitive v. Linguistics To utter with a voiceless exhalation of air.
- transitive v. To draw in (air) for the combustion process. Used of an internal-combustion engine.
- idiom breathe down (someone's) neck To threaten by proximity, especially by pursuing closely.
- idiom breathe down (someone's) neck To watch or monitor closely, often annoyingly: The boss was breathing down my neck all morning.
- idiom easily To be relaxed or relieved, especially after a period of tension.
- idiom breathe (one's) last To die.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To repeatedly draw air into, and expel it from, the lungs in order to extract oxygen from it and excrete waste products.
- v. To exchange gases with the environment.
- v. To rest; to stop and catch one's breath.
- v. Figuratively, to be relaxed or calm.
- v. Figuratively, to live.
- v. To repeatedly draw (something) into, and expel (that thing) from, the lungs.
- v. To whisper quietly.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To respire; to inhale and exhale air; hence;, to live.
- intransitive v. To take breath; to rest from action.
- intransitive v. To pass like breath; noiselessly or gently; to exhale; to emanate; to blow gently.
- transitive v. To inhale and exhale in the process of respiration; to respire.
- transitive v. To inject by breathing; to infuse; -- with into.
- transitive v. To emit or utter by the breath; to utter softly; to whisper.
- transitive v. To exhale; to emit, as breath.
- transitive v. To express; to manifest; to give forth.
- transitive v. To act upon by the breath; to cause to sound by breathing.
- transitive v. To promote free respiration in; to exercise.
- transitive v. To suffer to take breath, or recover the natural breathing; to rest.
- transitive v. To put out of breath; to exhaust.
- transitive v. To utter without vocality, as the nonvocal consonants.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To draw air into and expel it from the lungs; respire; figuratively, to live.
- To make a single respiration.
- To take breath; rest from action.
- To pass, as air; blow: as, “when winds breathe sweet,”
- To give utterance to disparaging or calumnious remarks; make insinuations: with upon.
- To exhale, as an odor; emanate.
- Figuratively, of inanimate things, to be instinct; be alive.
- To inhale and exhale in respiration: as, to breathe vitiated air.
- To inject by breathing; infuse: with into: as, “to breathe life into a stone,”
- To exhale; send out as breath; express; manifest.
- To exercise; keep in breath.
- To inspire or blow into; cause to sound by breathing.
- To utter; speak; whisper.
- To suffer to rest or recover breath.
- To open and bleed (a vein).
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. impart as if by breathing
- v. expel (gases or odors)
- v. allow the passage of air through
- v. utter or tell
- v. reach full flavor by absorbing air and being let to stand after having been uncorked
- v. be alive
- v. manifest or evince
- v. take a short break from one's activities in order to relax
- v. draw air into, and expel out of, the lungs
But the student should learn to inspire through the slightly open mouth, as to breathe through the nose in speaking, and especially in singing, is objectionable for several reasons which can be better explained later; so that the rule is to _breathe through the nose when not using the voice, and through the mouth when one does_.
I count each time I press down, interrupting the count to insert the word breathe and then starting again.
She pauses for a second, mouthing the word breathe to him.
All vegetables are living organisms, just about anything you eat, touch or breathe is a living organism.
It would have been a sacrifice, defacing the sweet sign above the town hall's entry, but l'eau, just like the air we breathe, is a human right that should not rhyme with industry.
Clause A could apply to, as being unable to breathe is very uncomfortable and gets increasingly so very quickly, as any child swimming frantically to the surface of a pool after seeing how long he or she can sit on the bottom can attest.
"Haunting, lyrical, and remarkable ... fully realized characters who live and breathe from the page ... a five star offering from a first-time novelist."
On the other hand, letting the movie breathe is the key to knowing the subtleties of Kym and her family.
There was one poor girl who had to have an oxygen tank on her back and breathe from a hole in the front of her neck, she added.
The air they breathe is finer than us mere mortals do.