Inhale In*hale", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Inhaled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Inhaling}.] [L. inhalare to breathe upon; pref. in- in + halare to breathe: cf. F. inhaler. Cf. {Exhale}.] To breathe or draw into the lungs; to inspire; as, to inhale air; -- opposed to exhale. [1913 Webster]

Martin was walking forth to inhale the fresh breeze of the evening. --Arbuthnot. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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