Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To breathe.
  • intransitive verb To sigh.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A deep breath; a sigh.
  • To fetch a long, deep breath: sigh.
  • To breathe.
  • To sigh or long for.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun obsolete A long, deep breath; a sigh.
  • intransitive verb To fetch a long, deep breath; to sigh; to breathe.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To breathe.
  • verb To exhale.
  • verb To sigh.
  • noun obsolete A long, deep breath; a sigh.

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

  • verb heave or utter a sigh; breathe deeply and heavily
  • verb draw air into, and expel out of, the lungs

Etymologies

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

[Middle English suspiren, to sigh, from Old French, from Latin suspīrāre : sub-, from below; see sub– + spīrāre, to breathe.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Old French suspirer (Modern soupirer), from Latin.

Examples

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    Joyce, Ulysses, 9

    January 6, 2007

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