breathe
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
>

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