verb (breathed; breathing) Etymology: Middle English brethen, from breth Date: 14th century intransitive verb 1. a. to draw air into and expel it from the lungs ; respire; broadly to take in oxygen and give out carbon dioxide through natural processes b. to inhale and exhale freely 2. live 3. a. obsolete to emit a fragrance or aura b. to become perceptible ; be expressed <
a personality that breathes and that distinguishes his work — Bennett Schiff
4. to pause and rest before continuing 5. to blow softly 6. to feel free of restraint <
needs room to breathe
7. of wine to develop flavor and bouquet by exposure to air 8. a. to permit passage of air or vapor <
a fabric that breathes
b. of an internal combustion engine to use air to support combustion transitive verb 1. a. to send out by exhaling b. to instill by or as if by breathing <
breathe new life into the movement
2. to give rest from exertion to 3. to take in in breathing <
breathe the scent of pines
4. to inhale and exhale <
breathe air
5. a. utter, express <
don't breathe a word of it to anyone
b. to make manifest ; evince <
the novel breathes despair

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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